Login, or logon, meaning to authenticate with a computer.

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Is my password compromised because I forgot to hit Enter after ssh username?

I've just tried logging into a Fedora (release 13 Goddard) server using SSH (PuTTY, Windows). For some reason the Enter after typing my username didn't go through and I typed in my password and hit ...
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how to disable SSH login with password for some users?

On Linux (Debian Squeeze) I would like to disable SSH login using password to some users (selected group or all users except root). But I do not want to disable login using certificate for them. ...
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What is the difference between /sbin/nologin and /bin/false?

I have often heard it recommended that a user account should be disabled by setting its shell to /bin/false. But, on my existing Linux systems, I see that a great number of existing accounts (all of ...
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What's the meaning of logging in as “username@mydomain.com:something”

My Windows 2008 R2 machine is joined to a domain. In the logon screen, if I type in "username@mydomain.com:something" as the username, I can still logon properly, what's the meaning of ":something" ...
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Linux: how to prevent a user from login in, but allow “su - user”

How do you allow a user to log in using "su - user" but prevent the user from login in using SSH? I tried to set the shell to /bin/false but the when I try to su it doesn't work. Are there several ...
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Why su to root instead of logging in as root?

I've heard often that it is better to su to root rather than log in directly as the root user (and of course people also say that it's even better to use sudo). I've never really understood why one ...
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change directory automatically on ssh login

I'm trying to get ssh to automatically change to a particular directory when I log in. I tried to get that behaviour working using the following directives in ~/.ssh/config: Host example.net ...
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Is Open ID better than the usual LogIn system? [closed]

We are developing a web system and considering using the Open Id feature. Do you think it is any better than the usual way of loggin users in? If we use the Open Id feature that means the users will ...
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run script as user who has nologin shell

All I need to do is to run a specific script as a particual user who does have the nologin/false shell indicated in /etc/passwd. I would run the script as root and this should run as another user. ...
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Is there a specific name for the “.\” (dot-slash) shorthand used to log onto a Windows machine?

I guess the title just about says it all. And yes, .\, not that obsolete \. thing. :) For those who don't know, .\ is a shorthand way of saying "this computer"*see "footnote" in Windows at a logon ...
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Reasons for missing IP info in `last` output on pts logins?

I have five CentOS 6 linux systems at work, and encountered a rather strange issue that only seems to happen with my userid across all the linux systems I have... This is an example of the problem ...
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nologin in /etc/shells is dangerous.. WHY?

I found this on the internet, while putting up a FTP server in FreeBSD. Putting nologin into /etc/shells potentially creates a back door by which those accounts can be used with FTP. (see: ...
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Should we disable the root user?

Should we remove the root password, disable remote login and basically require adminstrators to use sudo to perform administrative actions?
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Log MySQL login attempts

From time to time there are failed login attempts in our MySQL production server (MySQL dashboard alerts us). Is there a way to log every single success and failed login to the MySQL server without ...
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How do I disable root login in Ubuntu?

a while ago I gave root a password so I could log in as root and get some stuff done. Now I want to disable root login to tighten security, since I'm going to be exposing my serve to the internet. ...
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Auto-login in Windows Server 2008

Does anyone know a (verified) method to cause a specific user to auto-login after a system reboot, that works on Server 2008? I've tried tweaking some registry values (I don't have the link right ...
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Tool to test a user account and password (test login)

Yeah, I can fire up a VM or remote into something and try the password...I know...but is there a tool or script that will simulate a login just enough to confirm or deny that the password is correct? ...
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How to lock out normal (non-admin) users during software installs?

We have a lot of thin clients running Windows Embedded Standard 7 and an SCCM 2012 R2 server to manage them. The thin clients have their write filters enabled (FBWF) so machine changes are not ...
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What do the OS X authorization mechanisms actually do?

Background  I'm trying to glean a better understanding of the OS X login process, in order to decide the best way for achieving VPN Single Sign On. Please do correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe ...
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What's the default username and password for an Ubuntu Live CD?

What's the username and password for an Ubuntu Live CD image? I ask cause I've recently copied the contents of an Ubuntu based live ISO (easypeasy, the ldistro for nwtbooks) onto a harddisk, but the ...
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Linux closing connection after successful login

I am working on a server with Debian 5.2.2. Barely having any administrative knowledge with Linux, I think I screwed something up. I used apt-get update and apt-get upgrade to get everything up to ...
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How to find who was logged in before beginning of wtmp

I'm trying to determine who was recently logged into a specific machine in my office. So I used last, but wtmp begins yesterday (Monday) around 14:30. I was hoping to find info stretching back to ...
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How to configure vsftpd to allow root logins?

I'm on SLES 10.1, and trying to configure vsftpd to allow root logins. Does anyone know how to do this? So far, I have this: local_enable=YES chroot_local_user=NO userlist_enable=YES ...
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Why won't automatic login through ssh with authorized_keys work?

I have created a private/public dsa-keypair. I've put the public key on the server in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys Everything is set up like my other server, but it seems like the server is just ...
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Speeding up Group Policy, and how will implementing Group Policy Preferences impact logon time?

I'm looking for some advice on speeding up and upgrading our logon system to make it more robust and faster. I inherited an older logon system, which was migrated over from Novell Netware originally. ...
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Ubuntu login page: where to specify users list shown

Using Ubuntu 10.04.1 Desktop (Latest) After the boot process, GDM shows the graphical login screen along with a list of users that can log in. Clicking a name will ask for its password. I would like ...
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Remote Root Login

I know one of the first things you do to secure a server is disallowing remote root login. Passwords are pretty weak; what do people think of only allowing root login via ssh keys or other ...
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In SQL Server, how do I create a login for an existing user?

I restored a database from one SQL Server instance on to a different SQL Server instance. The database allready has users added to it. But they don't have Login's for the new SQL Server instance. I ...
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Can I add user accounts to Windows Server 2012 based on Microsoft accounts?

Windows 8 lets me create user accounts simply by the email address of a Microsoft account (aka Windows Live account). Is there someway to activate such a facility in the Windows Server 2012 SKU?
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Disable usage of console-kit-daemon in Ubuntu

I administrate several Ubuntu 9.04 servers, and everytime I log in, I get the Landscape utility printout with server stats, etc. I really don't need this and it slows down my logins considerably. ...
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Measuring Windows 7 user login times

I Have been asked by a client to calculate average login times for machines and users. So far I have found that the event logs some boots that take longer than the thresholds set by the keys found at: ...
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Failing to connect to server via SSH - “Server refused to allocate pty”

I have a STRATO V-PowerServer running with Ubuntu 10.10 for my stuff but lately have problems connection to the server via ssh. Basically all I have is ssh-access to the server and if necessary I can ...
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Send email when anyone logs on

My CentOS/RHEL system may have been hacked, I'm not sure. But I'm playing it safe by creating a new slice from scratch. I've installed tripwire, but I'd also like to be emailed when anyone logs in. I ...
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Precached Windows Logins?

I know if a Windows users logs into a machine, and later that machine falls off the network, that the user can log in to the machine with cached credentials. Is there any way to precache those ...
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Is it possible to replace the Mac's Login Window?

I know that the login window on OS X can be customized -- you can change the background image, replace the Apple logo, add text and set the size, hide users, and set up login/logout hooks, and, ...
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Ubuntu linux takes longer time for incorrect passwords

When I log into my Ubuntu 8.10 box with a correct password the system figures out almost instantaneously that the password is correct and logs me in. However, if I supply an incorrect password, it ...
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Is this server hacked or just login attempts ? See log

Can someone tell what does this mean? I tried a command like lastb to see last user logins and I see some strange logins from China (server is EU, I am in EU). I was wondering if these could be login ...
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Remote Desktop on the same network

I have a main server set up and staff that use laptops to come into the office and work. We have currently moved everything over onto a server setup in the office that the staff can all remote desktop ...
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Stress login-area with Siege

I need testing the performance of the reserved area of my website. I want use Siege for this goal. For accessing to reserved area you must be logged to my site. How can I send with Siege a ...
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Login failed for “IIS AppPool\ASP.NET v4.0” - SQL Server Web

I'm trying to migrate a website from SQL Server 2008 Express to SQL Server Web, and the website is having trouble accessing the database. In truth, Express was only ever used by running the website ...
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Logging in from different computers using SSH keys

Forgive the noob-ness of my question, but I'm taking baby steps. I've read about why it is important to use SSH keys for logging into my server. However it seems to me that this is most useful if you ...
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How to Login to Windows XP/7 Using a USB stick for authentication

Is there a way to log into Windows using a USB stick? (on Windows XP/7) I have student workers whom I would like to give admin rights for maintenance, but I would like to refrain from giving out a ...
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Extremely Slow Login: Group Policy Printers

I'm having a few issues with a specific GPO that's causing 5+ minute delays on logins (not just initial logins either). The server is running Windows Server 2012 I'm adding printers under ...
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Ubuntu MySQL GUI logins with certificate/key

I will connect to MySQL on ubuntu cloud server everyday with Mysql Administrator and Mysql Query Browser GUI tools and I feel very slow in responding. I know it is possible to connect with ssh ...
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CentOS requires entering password twice for sudo, login

At every login or sudo prompt, the server always rejects the password when it is first supplied, but accepts it the second time. I found this thread which describes what seems to be the same problem, ...
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What can I do to fix missing start menu/desktop icons for a domain user?

I'm having a problem with one user account in my domain. The domain controller is Server 2008 R2, with Win7 clients. The user's password expired, so she went through the process of changing it. We ...
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Skip new Windows 7 user selection and go to login prompt

We've begun our migration to windows 7 and we ran into an interesting issue. When we hit "CTRL+ALT+DEL" we are brought to the "User selection Screen". Normally, this screen will have an icon for every ...
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will hosting provider have access to my dedicated server?

I am looking to buy a dedicated server for my web application.But I am concerned about security to my application code and who can access to my server even dedicated server.As hosting provider ...
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lots of failed SSH login attempts - should I be concerned? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it worth the effort to block failed login attempts Is it normal to get hundreds of break-in attempts per day? I'm managing a number of completely different root ...
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Should I use a login banner and if so, what should it say?

Are interactive login banners worth having? The general consensus is that they are, but what should the banner say? Some things that are being considered (no particular order): ownership of the ...