Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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Can't enter GNU GRUB boot menu!

so I booted up an old Linux Mint machine today and I can't seem to remember the password. So I wanted to reset the password using the instructions on Mint's website but when I hold shift the GNU GRUB ...
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Linux graphical password dialog trick security

When we run a command by sudo, the password is asked [sudo] password for user If the sudo is not typed the password should not be asked. If asked, I would assume it as a fraud by the application. ...
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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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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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removing `nullok` from system-auth prevents any root password

[ this is a follow-up on my post on ServerFault : http://serverfault.com/questions/661136/root-accepts-any-password-how-to-change-to-a-real-password ] On an old system the root account accepts any ...
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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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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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Password protected zip archives open without password

I have a zip archive that is password protected in linux(the password is "secret"). However, whenever I try to open the zip file I am not prompted for a password or anything. I also have a python ...
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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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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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SSH not giving indication that the public key is being used for login

I have a public key to log on to my server. This key is password protected. However, when I log in to my server, there's no indication that the key is ever used. I just log in with my password as ...
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What are the Implications of Passwordless SSH

If UNIX users reach servers via SSH, and we only want to allow pubkey logins, are there any other items that need to be added to this list, that I should be concerned with? Allow pubkey login in ...
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How do I securely automate inputting passwords?

I would like to automate an SSH connection so that I wouldn't have to enter password and I am not allowed to use authorized_keys. I was thinking about making an expect script but I don't know where I ...
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how to pass a password with a cron job safely?

I have a site map generator script placed in this URL http://www.mydomain.com/admin/sitemapgen/ However this URL is protected with an username and a password in auth_type basic method. I need to ...
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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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Warn about password expiration without forcing change

It's pretty simple. I would like to figure out what combination of changes in /etc/login.defs and/or /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac I would need to perform to allow the following behavior: I want a ...
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Password fail delay is too long - Linux Mint 17

As per the title, the delay after a failed password is very long. In /etc/pam.d/login, FAIL_DELAY is configured as auth optional pam_faildelay.so delay=3000000 however, actual delay is ...
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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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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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Mint maximum user passtext length?

Strangely, I can use a long passtext, approximately 64 words long, for disk encryption, but I'm having trouble with user password lengths. Certain steps fail like the installer or unlocking the ...
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Alias for perl script

So far while surfing web I've discovered nice addition to my gpg password generator and I've decided to adjust my alias with these commands. Here is the code gpg --gen-random 1 20 | perl -ne'print ...
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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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When I boot Linux, it asks for password, pretends to proceed, but then returns to asking it again

I turned off my computer by pressing a turn off button for a long time. Then I turned it on. Usually it doesn't ask for password, but this time it did. So I tried to enter my password and it seemingly ...
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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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How does openssl decrypt a password

I'm learning about encryption and decryption on linux and php. So I have three questions about openssl and how it generates password hashes. 1- So say I generated a password with the linux command ...
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chroot permission denied! But Im root!

I am trying to chroot into an old HD to change a forgotten password, but chroot says permission denied? what gives? I am root! The harddrive I am trying to chroot into is an old version of edUbuntu ...
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Disable root password caching

How can I disable root password caching? I looked at This Question, but I didn't really understand how to do it, is not the same as my question but it is indirectly related. I tried adding this to ...
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SSH password requested when in Tmux

When I connect to my remote machine I do authenticate using a rsa key (I think is rsa, don't remember). If I do ssh from a regular shell I get logged on the machine without a password. However if I ...
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How the /etc/passwd file is accessed by passwd command [duplicate]

My question is we are the normal user. We can't access the file which we didn't have the permission. We are executing the passwd command then how that command is able to access that file. We are ...
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getent passwd when nsswitch passwd setting is: files ldap

If /etc/nsswitch.conf has: passwd: files ldap this line in it, and I do getent passwd will it first run down the /etc/passwd list and then go through every user in LDAP? That seems to be ...
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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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Pass/Firefox master key integration?

I handle my passwords with pass, and I use the Firefox master password functionality. The master password is rather long and "safe" and stored in pass along with the others. For now, my usual Firefox ...
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how to disable gcr-prompter dialogs?

Whenever i save *.gpg files (symmetric password) using emacs the gcr-prompter displays dialog and asks me for password twice! It's so annoying, especially that my emacs remembers the password i type, ...
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password store storing some passwords in plain text

I red about the password management program pass in a question on this forum and decided to try it. I installed from the download page (tarball 1.6.3). I created some test entries and then some real ...
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How can I see the password of another user in Linux?

I made 4 users on my server, but unfortunately I changed the password of the "first" user while configuring the server, but I don't know how I changed it. How can I see the password of users in root?
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What is Lubuntu default password when it's distributed by magazines?

A friend gave me an old Dell to fix for her daughter. So I put Lubuntu on it. I had a disk with Lubuntu on it that came with one of my magazines, so I installed it. This machine won't boot from USB ...
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sudoers file and passwd only for selected group

I have 3 users in "production" group: John, Steve and Bob. In "sales" group are: Sam and Jack. Now, I would like to give John permition to change passwords of all users but only in "production" ...
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Automatic login via ssh (no GUI environment installed / no ssh-agent available)?

I have three systems, and I want to have them doing backups between them periodically. The two of them, have Debian Wheezy installed and the other one has Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Only the Ubuntu has a ...
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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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SSH for user without a login password

I have created a user without a password $getent passwd logcoll logcoll:x:998:999:Log Collector,,,:/var/backups/logcoll:/bin/sh This user has no password, and this machine requires users to login ...
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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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automatic passwordless ssh at login/restart

I want to have passwordless ssh to persist even after after I restart or logoff and then login. Somehow I have to run ssh-agent and use command ssh-add at login. In a tutorial I read that I should add ...
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Is there a way to specify the list of private keys to add to ssh-agent?

After a few hours of digging, I finally found out why my computer stopped asking me for my key(s) using gnome ssh-askpass. It was very simple, but took me forever to figure out because... well... most ...
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Export passwords from the `pass` password manager

I've been using the pass password manager for a year or so now, and it's awesome, but sometimes I like to test other password managers and then I need my passwords back. So far I've just been adding ...
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Why rejection of password is much slower than acceptance of it? [duplicate]

In both my Linux and OSX machines when I type in the password to login, a correct password is accepted immediately. However, if I type a wrong password, checking process takes much longer. How is ...
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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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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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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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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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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)