Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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A local, centralized, secure way to store FTP login data, including passwords

I want to be able to store the login details all of my remote FTP accounts in one place, securely. Then I'd like clients like autofs/curlftpfs, Filezilla, etc to use this one store of passwords. I'm ...
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Add a user wthout password but with SSH and public key

I want to add a user to Red Hat Linux that will not use a password for logging in, but instead use a public key for ssh. This would be on the command line.
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upload and dowload the files from server without giving password

I want to download the file from sever by using cron job, so I need to use scp command without giving password by keyword. How do I do so?
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Hash in the shadow file, but no password?

A very strange thing happened: There is a user that has a HASH: [root@notebook /home/username/Desktop/b/a] cat passwd-machine foo:x:2229:3001:,,,System,fooo,-,userid for ...
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su not asking for password

My su does not ask for password. When I run su it simply logs me in to root. I tried su - root then it asks for password. Now, because of this kdesu runs applications with root rights without ...
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change regular user's password with root access

I have Ubuntu installed on a Raspberry pi. I have a normal user pi, but I forgot the password. However, I do have root access. How would I change pi's password using root?
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How does a BIOS password work?

I have created a BIOS password. I use the Dvorak keyboard layout. When I switch my keyboard layout to Qwerty and restart, and then type password in with the different layout, there is no change. ...
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Using for loop to brute-force a password

I just wanted to brute-force my old router but the for-loop was really amateur style. How to write a nice for-loop, if I only know the charaters included? Found already that page but it does not ...
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wpa_supplicant store password as hash (WPA-EAP with phase2=“auth=PAP”)

Is there a way to store my password in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf as some hash instead of plaintext? By "password" I refer here to the password used for phase2 authentification. I do not ...
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Apache boot without asking for passwd

So I'm maintaining a server which has a verified SSL certificate setup, however there is a password on the private key and so whenever apache is reboot, we get a message asking for the password. This ...
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Where can I find a reference to the format of the comment field (field 5) of the /etc/passwd file?

In the /etc/passwd file on my system, the "comment" field, field 5, is inconsistent in its contents. I thought that I could extract it to get the full name of the user. fullname=`awk -F: '$1 == name ...
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debian not accepting administrative password

I have XFCE Debian on an old PowerPC PowerBook G4. When I go to open Synaptic Package Manager, a window pops up asking for my administrative password. I enter the password I normally use for sudo in ...
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Change Password Programmatically

In the current version of Raspian, I know it is possible to change the password of the current logged in user from the command line like so: sudo passwd which will then prompt the user to enter a ...
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Policy in /etc/pam.d/password-auth is not being enforced

I've updated login.defs and password-auth to include a minimum length on passwords (12), but the minlen is not being enforced when I attempt to change a user's password with passwd. None of the ...
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Why 'mkpasswd -m sha-512' produce different result every time it is called?

I am using this function to create a password in the shadow file $ mkpasswd -m sha-512 password $6$o50n4EfNOBzfs$K5l5AcOI5e0I9n2df0LmR11OLSPKSVM6AGBOnWVfDDfMubb46MrAj0zehdLNEoYzD2fj5q4XUdDwexj/dWLHy/ ...
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How to let a daemon prompt for a password (in Xsession, keyloggersafe)?

Exposition: Working inside an XSession. Some (background) deamon needs to prompt me for password input. How can I make the daemon to prompt me for a password using a popup in the Xsession? ...
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Unable to pass the password to su in a script

I am writing a build script. This script has to copy a file in the end. This file will be placed in another users home directory and it is also necessary that the file belongs to this second user. My ...
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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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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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Unix last password change date

My understanding is that the last change date(in /etc/shadow) is the number of days since 01/01/1970 that the password was changed, but I'm seeing numbers like 19708 which translate to 17/12/2023 ...
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Equivalent of “passwd -sa” in RHEL?

I feel a little silly having to ask this, but: In Solaris you can issue a passwd -sa command which gives you (more or less) the same output as passwd -S userName does, except it prints out the status ...
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SCP and/or SSH command with password in line

First, I'm TRYING to use rsa keys because I'm using the script to create RSA keys, but initially I have to connect to the remote machine to pass over the newly generated authentication key. Having ...
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What does **___________ mean in /etc/shadow?

When I look at /etc/shadow I see several entries that look like this: username:**___________::::::: What does the "**___________" mean? That is where I should see the password hash.
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How to safely transmit a password over SSH for a remote command to use

On the local server, I have a program that stores the password in the predefined environment variable (SPECIAL_PASSWORD). On the remote server I have a program that reads and uses a password from a ...
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GNU Screen - any way to remove password when detached?

Protecting a GNU screen session with a password is good security. However, how does one remove the password if you need to share a session with a colleague? I tried the following to clear it and got ...
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can a super user steal passwords from other users with keylogging?

First, before I get answers containing information that I already know, yes, I'm aware that the superuser can reset passwords, and yes, I know that the superuser can log in as other users without ...
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Where does Linux store Wifi passwords?

I am going to write a simple replacement for Ubunutu's NetworkManager. Is there any place where the Wifi network passwords would be stored in Linux? I know about ...
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NIS and /etc/passwd

Shadow passwords are to be avoided in a NIS server, as suggested in this guide at paragraph 7.6. So: in a NIS server (a Unix or Unix-like system), should all the users be migrated to /etc/passwd from ...
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What's the correct way to authenticate a user without PAM?

as my related question doesn't seem to get much love, here another one: What's the proper way to authenticate a user via username/password prompt in Linux nowadays? In principle, I suppose I would ...
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How to force change linux password even if similar as previous

I am trying to change my current password in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.10 (Tikanga) but it says my new password is too similar. Is there any way to force change ? $ passwd Changing ...
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Making su ask for password multiple times

Is there some way to make su ask for the password again in case of a wrong password (just as sudo does)? Initially I thought of this: while ! su -c foo; do read -n 1 -p "Retry(y/n)?" ch if [[ ...
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How may I distinguish encryption algorithm of htpasswd?

I have an apache web server running on Debian Linux and I secure a certain directory with htaccess. I have no history or knowledge how the .htpasswd file was created. Apache documentations says that ...
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Nemo: Forget encryption password

I have mounted an encrypted disk by selecting it in Nemo (1.1.2), then typing a password. I can unmount the disk using Nemo, but now it can be remounted without requiring the password. Probably ...
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How to password-less log on via ssh alias

Suppose I have access to pc via a server. I can directly log-on to pc by using How do I connect to a pc through another pc using ssh Such that my .ssh/config looks like: Host short Hostname pc User ...
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password problem when feeding a remote file into diff

When I want to compare a local file with a remote file, any of these usually works: $ ssh remote cat file | diff file - $ diff file <(ssh remote cat file) However, sometimes (especially when the ...
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Brute force access to a Firebird database?

Ok, so here's the deal. When migrating a certain product with terrible documentation to another database type, my Firebird database was deleted. I then proceeded to recover it from the filesystem ...
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How to set a new password from bash?

I'm using busybox with a limited passwd (I don't have --stdin option) and without chpasswd and I need to change the password of an user from bash. Here is my best result: echo newpassword > ...
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root password changed automatically

I have my system on dual boot (win7 and RHEL 6). I have 2 user account on RHEL 6. A normal user and a root user. I put passwords of both accounts same. It was working fine from 5 6 days. Yesterday I ...
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Edit samba user password hash/digest without knowing the password

I am maintaining a samba server for an office environment. So far, whenever there had to be a new user, I called the person over and let him type in his samba password on my console, after I typed ...
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How can I configure Linux to not require sudo for specific commands for specific users?

I am sure this question has been asked before but I can't find an answer. I would like to configure Linux so that when I enter specific commands (e.g. apt-get), I wouldn't have to enter password as I ...
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Repetition of password while rsync-ing files?

I'm using a script to download files in two steps: First, I'm downloading a file containing a list of files from a server to my host machine using rsync. Then, I'm using rsync to download the ...
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Writing a script that outputs local users and their password expiration date

I'm new to Linux and scripting, and was doing a practice problem and am stuck on it. I'm supposed to write a script that outputs local users real name and their password expiration information. This ...
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Expired password and SSH key based login with UsePAM yes

There is a SLES 11 machine. The users logs in via SSH and pubkey (mixed, some user uses password, some use ssh key) The sshd_config has: UsePAM yes PasswordAuthentication yes PubkeyAuthentication ...
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How do I determine if the linux password was changed?

I'm developing an application which is distributed on a VM. The default password is always the same, but it's hash in /etc/shadow changes with every release. How can I programmatically (e.g., from a ...
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Credential in PPD file: Is there a way to hide it?

We have a copying machine that can be used as a printer. In order to do that, I have to provide a credential in plain in the Xerox.ppd file. Problem: Any user on the system can grep credential ...
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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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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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Can't sudo after lock password, can I recover from that?

After setup ubuntu with default settings, It allows user to login with password, so I use passwd -l [username] to forbid password login both in ssh and console. But when I use sudo to execute ...
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Subversion (svn) doesn't store passwords in gnome-keyring

I fight with svn since 2 hours to store my password inside the gnome keyring, but nothing worked. I'm on a fresh installed archlinux system with the following packages installed: acl 2.2.52-1 ...
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How to enter/choose session after logout without password in (Linux Mint) Xfce?

I have Linux Mint 14 Xfce (4.10) and have also installed LXDE desktop, so I can choose between these sessions if I want. Normally I would set one as default and at startup I am not asked for ...