Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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How do I keep KDE from asking new users for a password when I use /etc/skel to set up their enviroment?

I made this nice custom KDE setup on Arch Linux with customised settings like desktop background, panel settings, kwin settings, etc. I heard that if you copy all the hidden files from your ...
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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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Automated ssh login with passphrase?

Logging onto a machine over ssh typically requires a password to be entered before access is granted. Alternatively, a key/certificate (without a passphrase) can be installed onto the remote machine ...
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Password protecting a system file? (e.g. /etc/resolv.conf)

I am trying to parental control myself by restricting web access via OpenDNS. The OpenDNS account password will be handed to someone trustworthy. Now, I want to put some restriction on the ...
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Disable svn plaintext password storage for all users

By default, Subversion allows users to save their password in plaintext in ~/.subversion/auth/svn.simple. I'm investigating options for storing encrypted passwords in svn, but at the very least and ...
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How to create a user with given password on SuSE from command line?

I need to create bunch of new users with given password. What I want is a script that I would pass the user name of new user and it will create/add the user and set its password. (the password is the ...
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Validate Password for user account from shell script

Application is for a multiple server standardization script Looking for a way in a shell script to check if the password for an OS account (AIX) matches a standardized plain text password. The ...
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Is it a good idea to use pwsafe - a password manager not updated since 2005?

I'm looking for a command-line Linux password-manager. It appears that pwsafe is the program most commonly used. However, its latest update was in 2005. Is it a good idea to use this? Has it been so ...
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How to disable timeout of password prompt for partition decryption during boot?

I have a computer running OpenSUSE 12.1, 64-bit, default install. How it works currently: I turn on the computer It goes through the boot process At some point during boot, I am asked for password ...
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How do I set the password of a new user after the account has already been created?

I used the 'useradd' command to create a new account, but I did so without specifying the password. Now, when the user tries to log in, it asks him for a password. If I didn't set it up initially, ...
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export HTTP_PROXY and special characters in passwd

Suppose for the sake of argument my password below is abc123@ I need to authenticate my linux machine through a corporate proxy to get patches and updates... normally I'd use this: export ...
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Is it possible to change password database file(/etc/passwd) in linux?

Is it possible to change password database file(/etc/passwd) to some other file. How does this authentication mechanism work internally ? Does it depend on pam ?
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Two-step remote ssh without password

I'm looking to ssh from my localhost to a remote server, and from there to a remote computer. I currently have it set up so that the remote computer and remote server have passwordless ssh-ing set up ...
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SSH asking for password after ssh-copy-id

I created a key on my machine with ssh-keygen. I copied the key to remote machine using ssh-copy-id. Tried to connect to remote machine but it asked me the password. Both machines are ubuntu (local ...
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Make gdm/mdm prompt for an empty password on liveCD

By default Fedora liveCD is configured in a way that liveuser is logged in automatically since following lines added to gdm/mdm (a fork of gdm of GNOME2) configuration file [daemon] ...
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Command-line password manager that uses SSH key to authenticate

I'm looking for a command-line password manager, much like pwsafe, but one that features SSH key authentication. That is, I'd like to be able to add my SSH key to the authentication when opening the ...
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I reset my password and now I can login, but without nautilus or program menu

I recently powered on some old notebook with Linux Mint 11 (Katya) installed, and I thought I remembered my user password, but turns out I didn't. So I reset that password using the instructions here. ...
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Why do we need an expiration period?

Why is there a gap between the expiration of an account and its complete deactivation, when one can no longer log in or change his password when it became expired?
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Can a linux user change their password without knowing the current password?

I'm setting up a few ubuntu boxes, and using opscode's chef as a configuration tool. It would be fairly easy to install public keys for each user on each of these servers, and disable password ...
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scp: localhost password not accepted

I'm attempting to copy a public key to a remote server. I'm logged in locally as [localname] and the key resides locally at ~/.ssh/. I'm also ssh'd into [remote.com] as [remotename], and attempting to ...
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Getting the password expire time

Let me preface this with: I do NOT have root access available. I recently got locked out of my account because I did not know the password expiration was getting close, then elapsed. I want to add a ...
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How to reset KDE wallet password in linux?

I have installed OpenSUSE on my laptop. I am trying to connect to my wifi. I entered my wifi password (correctly) and then it is asking for my KDE wallet password. I set the KDE password but forgot ...
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Change password in headless mode

I am building a script to fully automate a VPS setup, and I need to change the root password. I would like to avoid typing it as the script is running through SSH. Is there a way to redirect an ...
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How to expire a password? (For inital account creation)

I've often created temporary passwords for users for my own development machine for initial id creation. For other environments, I've seen admins have the ability to have a password show as expired ...
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can we know the password for the other users if we have root access?

If a person has root access to a particular RHEL machine, will they be able to retrieve the password of the other users?
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How can we change root password?

If we don't know the root password and don't have root access to the machine, how can we change the root password?
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How to invoke root privileges from a password prompt of “Software Update” window?

When I try to install software updates using the "Software Update" GUI, I am asked for the root password. Although, I can 'su' in a terminal, the password is not recognized as correct in the GUI ...
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Reading passwords without showing on screen in Bash Scripts

How to read passwords in bash scripts in a way like tools which are not showing it on terminal ? (Changing font to black on black might be tricky by easy to copy&paste - so it's not solution)
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How to check for empty passwords?

Looking at all the ssh-login attempts by script-kiddies I assume that there are messed up systems connected to the internet that have password-less accounts set up. But how to check a Linux/Unix ...
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Error when I want to create a user on FreeBSD

I'm trying to run FreeBSD (.iso) in a virtual VMWare machine. The useradd command gives me an error: # useradd pstnc useradd: Command not found Why is that? The command is correct and very simple, ...
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Getting a short wifi password to work on Linux Mint

Wifi password became a problem to me. My wifi password consists of only 4 letters but my Linux Mint 12 is expecting more than 7 letters - until then connect button is disabled. Can I work around this ...
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Shell Script for logging into a ssh server

I tried writing a shell script which can do automatic login into a ssh server using password which is mentioned in the script. I have written the following code: set timeout 30 /usr/bin/ssh -p 8484 ...
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passing passwords to a script

I want to scp a file to a remote host, and from there, run a command on the file, and exit the remote session. If I write a usual script, call scp and then ssh, I am prompted to enter two passwords. ...
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Why SSH is asking for my private key password each time

Since yesterday, each time I try to connect to an ssh server, I got asked for my password. What should I do to make SSH not ask for my password each time.
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ZIP password finders for Linux?

I'm trying to extract ZIP files for an encrypted archive I've forgotten the password for. So far I've found the tool fcrackzip which does what I want, but its own manpage states that it has numerous ...
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Safe way to pass password for >1 programs in bash

I'm writing a bash script, and need to ask user for his password and pass it to openssl. Whilst openssl can read the password itself, I need for two runs of the program and don't want to ask the user ...
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Simplest way to password protect a directory and its contents without having to create new files?

I would like to password protect or encrypt a directory and all the files within it (for the whole directory tree below it). I do not want to bother the whole home directory, I want a specific ...
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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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How to make a folder request root password to view execute?

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I want to use my laptop to play music in a party. MY screensaver does not need a password to deactivate. I would like to allow people to use my computer to play the ...
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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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SSH authentication: either SSH keys or one time password

I have an Ubuntu 10.04 Linux server that I normally ssh into (from my home machine) using ssh key authentication. However, sometimes I need to ssh remotely from potentially insecure machines (like ...
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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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Using rsync in a cronjob when a password is needed

Basically I have a bash script that fetches data from my server to perform a backup. As it is now I have to start that script manually, enter the password, and then wait for it to finish. I would ...
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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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Can separate unix accounts share a username but have separate passwords?

On unix systems, each separate user account has a unique username. Passwords, then, are not unique - every distinct user could have the same exact password. I want to do the converse. I want one ...
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Preventing `passwd` for asking for the local password

I have setup the sever to only use LDAP for authentication by using authconfig-tui. Everything works well but, when I run passwd, I get two prompts for a password: [beamin@rhel6-test-server1 ~]$ ...
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Second field in /etc/shadow

If the second field of the /etc/shadow file is set to !!, does it mean that the account is disabled? Or does it mean that the account is active with no password assigned?
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Is there a root password on OS X and Ubuntu?

When you setup a new Ubuntu or OS X installation a user is generally created for you. On OS X it is whatever username you pick. On Ubuntu (the server version) usually the ubuntu user is created. The ...
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Password expiry in Samba v3.0

I'm trying to setup a Samba server which asks new users to change their password on their first login and makes passwords expire after 90 days. I was able to setup the 90 days expiry date but the ...
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Logged on via ssh-key, can I reset my account password?

I am logged in on a server via sshkey (ssh -i /home/me/.ssh/ssh-key me@server). I got sudo rights on that server from the admin, but I can't exercise them, since I forgot my actual Unix password (or ...