Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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show entered new password in unix “passwd” command

Is is possible to run the passwd command with an option to show the newly entered passwords? By default it doesn't show what I type and I don't want this. [dave@hal9000 ~]$ passwd Changing password ...
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Will there be always a pair of same UID and GID?

I have to change file/directory's ownership using chmod .I know only owners's username but want to change default group name simultaneosly . At this stage group name is not decided so I am putting ...
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Root Password Policy and Refresh

Unfortunately the infrastructure I work in has static root passwords that are very rarely refreshed. So people leaving the company will have our root passwords and it can potentially be leaked to ...
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Why sudo ./bin/mysqld_safe & on Mac OS X 10.6.8 doesn't ask for password?

I get the following permissions from terminal: $ cd /usr/local/mysql $ ls -l drwxr-xr-x 41 root wheel 1394 29 Apr 00:55 bin drwxr-xr-x 4 root wheel 136 29 Apr 00:55 docs ...
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Reset password for regular user who is locked out

I'm a complete noob in Linux and I'm stuck in a situation where I'm logged in an Linux box from putty but on of my colleague, who was trying to login on same machine from his machine blocked my user ...
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User created without a password behaves as if he had one

Inside one of my scripts, I created an user based on a directory arrangement on another machine. The thing is that this user, created without a password, behaves just as he had one : he has sudo ...
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Kali Linux: On install, designated root password cannot login - incorrect password

I found an old laptop lying around and I figured I would install Kali Linux on it to learn more about penetration testing and to try to break into my servers for practice and learning more about ...
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Lost password for a user on a Linux Server: How reset it?

On a Server an user 16040 has lost his password. I have password for root but don't have password for user 16040. How can I reset his password? With passwd 16040, unix ask me current password that I ...
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Debian Live-CD user password

I am trying to use Debian live from an USB, however I do not succeed in logging in… What is the standard user and password to get access? I have tried searching this question on the internet and ...
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Why sudo won't remember my password?

I use sudo in many systems, but I have one of them that makes me type my password each time I run sudo. All the others remember it for a while. This is debian 7.4 wheezy and sudo 1.8.5 I found this : ...
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Getting non-stored password from Icedove

I've recently changed my mail password (because of Heartbleed), but I've forgotten the new one. When entering the new password in Icedove, I didn't think of clicking "remember password", but the ...
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How to reset password on an encrypted fs?

I've got a laptop which I haven't used since the last summer vacation: I did put Debian 7 on it and used Debian's feature to fully encrypt the disk, besides a tiny bootloader (or a tiny partition) I ...
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How is using a public-key for logging in to SSH any better than using a password?

I'm not asking about password vs key authentication. I've seen a few times (and even Amazons AWS) says that even if SSH has a major vulnerability that key authentication would make such an exploit ...
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Save password in bash script for multiple queries

I would like to know if there is a safe way to only be queried for a password once in a custom bash script, and then save it somehow to be used for later needs. At the end of the script it should be ...
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Login into a GNU/Linux distribution is taking too long

So, When I try to login with my username and password (in tty), and insert a wrong password, I need to wait around 5 seconds for the system to tell me that the password is wrong. Why the validating ...
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“no such user” but user is in passwd file

Looking at the files in /etc/: /etc/group:lbutler:*:1005: /etc/master.passwd:lbutler:$6$s..../:1005:1005::0:0:L Butler:/home/lbutler:/bin/bash /etc/passwd:lbutler:*:1005:1005:L ...
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Is it possible to remove the delay on wrong password? [duplicate]

So I type my password incorrectly from time to time. Sometimes for sudo sometimes for logging in to my (Ubuntu) machine. In either case, there is a two or three second delay before it gives me a ...
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gvfs-mount auto password

I would like to make shortcuts for gvfs mounts (I prefer to mount from the shell). For this, it is quite necessary/convenient not to have to enter the password for the ftp:// and sftp:// connections . ...
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Resetting password expiry date by number of days instead of specifying date

Is there a way with either commands passwd or chage to force the password to expire 90 days from the time of command execution? I know I can do it by date, such as: chage -E "2014-07-31" userid ...
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How to Use Encrypted password in shell script AIX

I had written a shell script that will connect with the Database to perform some operations This is my sample code #!/usr/bin/ksh . /home/ram/.profile sqlplus username/pwd@TNS<<EOF select ...
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Why is this random password flagged saying it is too simplistic/systematic?

How is the random string M1uG*xgRCthKWwjIjWc*010iSthY9buc being detected as too simplistic/systematic for a password according to passwd and cracklib-check? Try it on your machine and see echo ...
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Why does pam_mount ask for password?

I used the pam-auth-update tool in order to enable some pam configuration profiles: PAM configuration PAM profiles to enable: [*] encfs encrypted home directories [*] Unix ...
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Do all Linux distro's use the same cryptographic hash function?

Do all Linux distro's use same Cryptographic hash function? If yes, is it provided with the kernel itself? EDIT:- I refer to the function mainly used for storing user login passwords.
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PAM's passwd retry prompt fail

I am trying to use PAM to stop password reuse. Adding 'remember=24' to pam_unix stores the old passwords hashed with MD5 which I find unnerving. I was recommended 'pam_pwhistory' instead. Here is the ...
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proper configuration of visudo NOPASSWD for bash backup script

The abstract question is: If script x calls program y, do I need a NOPASSWD entry in /etc/sudoers for x, y or both x & y? (And can x then call sudo -v without a password?) Details: I'm trying ...
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feeding the password without any terminal window (stdout)

I have a command like this: echo "12345" | sudo abcde where 12345 is supposed to be the root password and abcde a program or a command. I have a shortcut which runs this command. I have tested the ...
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How to unlock admin account

By mistake I locked my admin account on Debian with passwd -l. I'm trying with live CD to unlock my account with no sucess. I've tried editing passwd file by removing x, but that didn't work. ...
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Program a file to self-destruct at a given time

Does anyone know whether there is a command in linux that can set attributes to file so that the file can disappear after certain time. For example, if I set one attribute to file as "1/1/2015", so ...
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Adding pass completion to fish shell

I'm trying to get the CLI password manager pass to work in my fish shell with auto completion. I've already found the necessary file on GitHub, yet am having trouble finding out where to put it, or ...
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How to ask for a password to mount crypted swap at boot time on Linux Mint 16 with initramfs-tools? [duplicate]

I use encrypted home folders on my notebook, which prevents use of hibernation on standard setup, because - and for a good reason - besides encrypting the home folder with ecryptfs, it reformats the ...
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Make file in linux readonly

Is there a way to make a file readonly permanently in linux. Or can I put a password to a file to make it readonly, then apply that password again to change its permission, or before they can alter ...
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Why user and root passwords cannot be empty on Linux?

I don't know about every Linux distribution but Kubuntu and all other distributions that I tried always require you to set non-empty password during installation. This password is required when you ...
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vsftp user authentication problems

I configured my ftp user's home dir to /var/www and set a password but I cannot login with ftp 127.0.0.1, it keep giving me 530 Login incorrect. Why is this? I'm sure I have typed the password right. ...
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How could I eliminate Kerberos for passwd?

When I issue a command to change my password like this: sudo passwd huahsin The system prompt me: Current Kerberos password: I don't know what I have done to the system configuration, how could I ...
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sudo testing for credentials

I have a working bash script, that may run from 0 to 8-9 minutes. It requires sudo if it finds a problem and needs to change permissions/ownership on a file. I do not want to wait for the sudo prompt, ...
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How do I avoid echoing password (two simultaneous prompts)?

The command I'm talking about is this: mysqldump -u root -p DB | mysql -u root -p DB2 And here's the output: Enter password: Enter password: MYPASS As far as I can tell, after I enter first ...
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Allow user1 to “su - user2” without password

I need to allow user martin to switch to user martin-test without password su - martin-test I think this can be configured in /etc/pam.d/su. There are already some lines in that file which can be ...
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Maximum password length

Is there a maximum password length on unix systems? If so, what is that limit and is it distribution dependent?
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Linux Mint MATE: Disable encrypted volume password dialog

I'm running the MATE edition of Linux Mint on my laptop. I have an external USB disk with a LUKS container on it. The USB disk is connected to the laptop's docking station. Whenever I connect the ...
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gnome-keyring-daemon: insufficient process capabilities, unsecure memory might get used

I would like to manage my ssh passwork with gnome-keyring. I am on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS, gnome3. I don't have root access to the system. The question is in the title indeed: gnome-keyring-daemon: ...
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Change sudo and root password on Debian

I have sudo access, but I don't remember the sudo or root password; how do I change it from my limited account using sudo?
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rsync without prompt for password

I need to execute rsync, without it prompting me for password. I've seen in rsync manpage that it doesn't allow specifying the password as command line argument. But I noticed that it allows ...
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Why is the 'sudo' password different than the 'su root' password

On my personal machine, I often type sudo in front of certain commands in order to accomplish administrative tasks. I had hoped to avoid doing this throughout the day, by typing su root and providing ...
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Clear / erase a mistyped password in a terminal

One thing that annoys me using Linux's terminal is when I have to type a invisble password, like when you run ssh the terminal I was wondering if there's a way to clear/erase the invisible password ...
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Reverse id command, I want the User/Group Name from the uid or gid

I know some uid and gids that I dont know who they belong to and they are not in /etc/passwd (could be LDAP or from another system). How do I get Id info from only uid or gid preferably without using ...
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What is “Charlie &” in the gecos field on OpenBSD for root?

Question: what is "Charlie &" for the root user? I didn't gave "Charlie &" for gecos field, I think I didn't gave any at all. ps.: the "/sbin/nologin" doesn't matters, I just tested ...
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Two ways to lock a password but only one to unlock

CentOS 6 Linux has two ways to lock a password: passwd -l usermod -L Today I found out, that they do something different. passwd writes two exclamation marks into the shadow file. # passwd -d ...
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Is there some default password for a new user in Linux

I am a Windows user gradually moving towards Linux. In windows we have an option of either having or not having some password for an user.Once we do not put a password we can directly log in to the ...
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how to recover mistakenly deleted root user line in /etc/passwd

I had an accident with /etc/passwd - using putpwent(), I replaced the first line of /etc/passwd with mine. Unfortunately this line used to belong to root. Now I don't have root permission, and I can't ...
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How to trigger a system self destruct with a certain password is entered

How do I configure my system to destroy all personal data when a certain password is entered? The motivation behind this being NSA stuff. I imagine there being three primary usage cases. At login, ...