Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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Samba passwords expiring in x days - how do we fix them to not expire

We use OpenLDAP and Samba v3. Recently some Samba-defined users (no accounts on the shared linux server) started being listed in logwatch as having their passwords come up to "will expire"...I ...
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Which command would you use if you want to remove the password assigned to a group

Suppose I have one or more groups (as in the user database as backed by /etc/group or LDAP or NIS+...) configured with a password (for the sg or newgrp commands). Which command would you use to ...
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Deleting a samba user: pbdedit vs. smbpasswd, what's the difference?

What is the difference between $ pdbedit -x and $ smbpasswd -x to delete samba users?
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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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how to verify if root password changed correctly

I have an OpsWare task, that changes root passwords on a massive number of servers, by replacing the root's password hash in /etc/shadow file. I need a script of some sort, which preferably runs ...
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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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How to get back sudo on Ubuntu?

I have done this: sudo chown -R myname /usr/ and now I can't use the sudo command because of this error: sudo: must be setuid root And as I read this means that the owner of this file ...
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How to make user passwords shown as a clear text in Linux?

We know that users' passwords are saved in /etc/passwd, but in an encrypted way, so even the root can't see them: jane:x:501:501::/home/jane:/bin/bash fred:x:502:502::/home/fred:/bin/bash As shown ...
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How do I log into my Linux laptop if I have forgotten both the login and password?

How do I log into my Linux laptop if I have forgotten both the username and password?
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Sudo Su automated login

I want to automate the login process with sudo su. I have seen lot of questions on these, but none of them are working for me. Automate login with sudo and su Here's my what I tried so far echo ...
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No password to run command as root for fixed command? [duplicate]

Is it possible to define a rule in sudoers to allow one user to run one well defined command as root, without password or other authentication except being the right user? Are there alternatives to ...
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Jboss application startup and shutdown asks for password. How to automate with init script?

Jboss application startup and shutdown of BMC-IDM asks for password (called keystore password, some Java stuff). How to automate with init script? Stop application > stop_idm_suite.sh Suite ...
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how to change a NCSA squid proxy user password from the client en

I have implemented a squid proxy web caching server with NCSA authentication. Proxy users are able to login and access the internet. Now my client wants to change his proxy password from their end. ...
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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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What triggers this screen prompt “Screen used by <username> on host01.”?

Every now and then some key combination clears my working (Gnu) screen and brings up this message: Screen used by <username> on host01 Password: What key combination causes this and what does ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.04 login into desktop by single user mode

My OS is Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, and kernel is 3.13.0-30-generic. I forget my user account password and now want to get into GUI desktop. I know from the Internet that we can reset password by single ...
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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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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 do you create a user with no password?

In os X it's possible to have users without passwords. If you inspect them with dscl their password show up as *. This is used for system users such as users for databases like mysql, pgsql etc. ...
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Password length and complexity

I am using CentOS and I want to set the minimum password length, minimum password expiry , maximum password expiry and password complexity in my system. I have looked over some tutorials to change ...
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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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Linux can't recognize the right password when ssh'ing?

I've created a local port forwarding and I was trying to ssh into my own port. During the process, I found that my own Linux won't recognize me even when I have the right password ...
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Force Firefox to remember passwords on particular sites

Usually, when I log into a website with username and password, Firefox asks whether it should remember the login details. When I click yes, next time I visit the website, the username and password ...
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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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Fedora 20. Authentication requires a different password from su

In Fedora 20 (using Mate desktop) I have tried to change the default keyboard layout from US English to UK English, but am asked for "Authentication". The password I have for su is not accepted, and I ...
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Changing user password through GUI app

I was making a GUI application to manage users and groups in Linux! I'm done with the part where it creates a new user, but stuck with the part where it gives the newly created user a new password. ...
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How to use my login password to do two things

I have a CIFS drive that I mount regularly, and it requires a password for it. Since it's annoying to type my password every time, I wrote a script that sets the PASSWD environment variable, mounts ...
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Dynamic password authentication

I would like to know how can I (and if it's possible) create a dynamic authentication for a user in linux. The server would change the user password periodically and the user would use a program ...
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Something like pwgen-win for linux?

Is there some kind of pwd generator for Linux that has a nice GUI and options like this one for Windows? I know that there is pwgen, but as far as I know it does not support mouse/keyboard entropy and ...
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Disallow Changing of Passwords [duplicate]

I have a spare computer running as a small server doing various things, and I'd like to create another account for my cousin, so she can learn how do manage a server/run minecraft etc. I'd like to ...
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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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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 can I manually decrypt the hard drive?

I've just switched to Ubuntu 12.04 one year ago and moved all my photos, documents, etc to the 1TB main hard drive that has been encrypted during the installation process - not LVM but only the home ...
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How do I edit the hotspot configuration for Network Manager?

Running Arch/Linux with everything up-to-date and I use network manager's built-in hotspot function to share my Internet. I'm trying to edit the configuration (mostly the password, as I don't like ...
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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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How to Create a Encrypted Password

I want to know how can I create a encrypted password in Ubuntu 14.04 TLS. Tried this: makepasswd --crypt-md5 password_here Did not worked for me throwing this Error sysadmin@localhost:~$ ...
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can you only input the password once and then execute the su command without entering a password? [duplicate]

I am copying files from a remote server to my local server. Here is the code that does this: sshpass -p "password" ssh -q username@$192.168.162.156 "mkdir -p /temp ; ...
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different passwords depending on plugged-in devices

I would like to have different passwords for my account(s): When (e.g.) a certain USB stick is plugged in then an easy password is to be used. The idea is: If I leave my computer then I take the stick ...
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Why is there a big delay after entering a wrong password?

I notice a weird (well, according to me) thing about passwords. For example, if I type an incorrect password during login, there will be a few seconds' delay before the system tells me so. When I try ...
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Will I be prompted for the sudo password a second time?

This is what I plan to do: #!/bin/bash sudo -i <<'EOF' iptables-save | awk '/^[*]/ { print $1 } /^:[A-Z]+ [^-]/ { print $1 " ACCEPT" ; } /COMMIT/ { print $0; ...
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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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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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Why does it take more time for a login to fail than to succeed? [duplicate]

When logging in to my PC, and the password is correct, the login takes place nearly instantaneously. When the password is wrong, it takes a few seconds of waiting until the hint "The password is not ...
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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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Disable a user's login without disabling the account

Let's say I create a user named "bogus" using the adduser command. How can I make sure this user will NOT be a viable login option, without disabling the account. In short, I want the account to be ...
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How to log into database via script securely?

I am wondering about whether it is acceptable (security-wise) to have database login credentials (user/pass) set in an environment variable or passed in as a command-line parameter? Both of these ...
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How can I make a user able to log in with ssh keys but not with a password?

I would like to create a user and have no password. As in you cant log in with a password. I want to add keys to its authorized_keys by using root. This is for my automated backup system.
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How to create SHA512 password hashes on command line

In Linux I can create a SHA1 password hash using sha1pass mypassword. Is there a similar command line tool which lets me create sha512 hashes? Same question for Bcrypt and PBKDF2.
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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 ...