A password is a collection of characters that is used, usually in conjunction with a username, as a means of authentication.

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Password reset is not working

I am using krb5 authentication to authenticate users in my machine. I am trying to change my password using passwd command but it failed. ~:$ passwd ~:$ Changing Password for bharathi ~:$ Kerberos 5 ...
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auto-reset of cpanel passwords every month

I am wondering is there away to automatically every calendar month reset all the cpanel account passwords on a VPS server? I have WHM and cPanel, I am worried about our sites being attacked, and ...
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Restrict access to a subdomain with web.config on IIS7?

I need to password protect a "dev" subdomain on a server with the web.config file on IIS7. I don't have access to anything besides the files and web.config, so I can't install modules or anything else ...
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How to check if my Supermicro IPMI is compromised with plaintext admin password over the web?

I've some Supermicro servers with IPMI running, and as described in this blog (http://blog.cari.net/carisirt-yet-another-bmc-vulnerability-and-some-added-extras) there's a critical vulnerability to ...
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Puppet random password generating

I am going to install around 100 mysql servers and I would like to have different root password on every of them. I am going to use puppet mysql (https://forge.puppetlabs.com/puppetlabs/mysql) which ...
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Encrypted Passwords on Exim Mailserver (Vestacp)

I just setup an Ubuntu 14.04 Server with VestaCp and want to secure the Mailserver. I already enabled ssl for exim and dovecot. The only thing I'm still fighting with is exim to accept encrypted ...
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I changed mysql root password and I cant access It. password contained some chars

using this command I changed root password mysqladmin -u root password fg$pkh@567fghu And now I cant access mysql. Is this because mysql parse the chars other than what I expect? Also I ...
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Configuring sudo to not prompt for password on non-allowed commands

There is plenty of information on how to make sudo not prompt for passwords (NOPASSWD). Let's say I have user alice, and this line in my sudoers: alice ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /bin/myadmintool This ...
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ProFTPd mod_sftp mod_sftp_sql

I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 I have setup a ProFTPd service with SSL/TLS, virtual users stored in a MySQL database and quota (mod_tls, mod_sql, mod_sql_mysql, mod_quotatab, mod_quotatab_sql). It works ...
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why cannot I type password in putty? [closed]

When I open a session in putty to connect to the server, the console asks: login as: so I type root or another username then the console ask username@ip.ip.ip.ip's password: From here I can't type ...
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Security of this account login system [migrated]

I have an idea to implement a account system using email and passwords for games. Im intending to have the account creation and forget password systems on a webpage. So if users will have to access ...
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Password Changes and Exchange Activesync AD lockouts

Not sure how others are doing this but the main issue we are having arises when a user changes their password on a PC. When they change it the ActiveSync on the phone does not update automatically. It ...
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SSH is not working .. Password promt is not coming

I am not able to SSH into my ubuntu server since yesterday. I am not using any keyless or public key method.. Its simple SSH with username and password everytime.. However I can do a VNC session ...
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MySQL - Does the change in MySQL master db password affect on slave db?

I want to change the MySQL DB password on the master db. My question is: do we have to care for the slave DB when changing the master database password?
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How can I trace the source of repeated account lockout against Exchange server?

I have an AD user account that is being repeatedly and frequently locked out, I have been able to trace the lockout to the Exchange server CAS array. However I am at a loss as to how to continue the ...
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VMware ESXi 5.5 : cannot login after password changed

It looks strange, but after changing the "root" password I cannot login anymore. I followed exactly the process according to Vsphere 5.5 reset root and I used copy-and-paste for the password but ...
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scp using a password on the command line

I am trying to write a script that will deploy a build created on my desktop machine (windows/cygwin) to a machine in my test environment (linux). I would like to use scp to copy the build to the ...
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Password Rules histsize Ineffective for Some Users

We're trying to deploy a tightened password policy on an AIX 5.3: Users are not allowed to reused last 24 passwords. So, I change histsize from the previous value from 5 to 24 in /etc/security/user, ...
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IIS Basic Authentication only protects directories, not individual files?

I really hope this isn't a duplicate, but I wasn't able to find anything like this on here. My issue is: I have a subdirectory on a Windows (not sure if 2008 R2 or 2012) server with IIS 8.5 that I ...
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How to recover root password?

I have a FreeBSD box which I forgot the root password to. I do have physical access, so I can reboot the box if I need to. How do I reset my password?
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Is it risky to disable SSH passwords? [closed]

This is a very basic question, do bear with me.. I'm setting up a VPS and it seems as though disabling SSH users from logging in with a password is recommended for security. If I authorize the SSH ...
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CentOS PAM unable to open /etc/pam.d/system-auth

In gdm I have checked "Require smartcard login" but forgot about adding any smartcard for authentication. Then I've tried to boot from LiveCD and disable SC auth. Something went wrong and now I am not ...
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How to deal with passwords during automated deployment? [closed]

As responsible admins we know of common weaknesses like CWE-260: Password in Configuration File http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/260.html CWE-522: Insufficiently Protected Credentials ...
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How to hide a password passed as command line argument?

I'm running a software daemon that requires for certain actions to enter a passphrase to unlock some features which looks for example like that: $ darkcoind masternode start <mypassphrase> ...
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Reduce unwanted “connect to network” attempts with wireless password [closed]

My university recently added a 5-digit (WEP) network password to their wireless network. (This is in addition to a login page that requires university credentials.) I emailed them, and they said the ...
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proftpd gives 'login incorrect' error

I have had proftpd installed for a while now but since today I can not sign into the ftp server. I keep getting the error 530 login incorrect. I restarted proftpd in debug mode and got the below ...
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Security in users having sudo access

How to protect my passwords list (in different databases for example) in a UNIX environment where most of the users have sudo access to other user IDs? I have a script (main.sh) with the following ...
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What are the mathematical implications of an overly-restrictive password policy? [closed]

I came across an interesting password policy online recently: "Please be sure to enter a password that meets the following criteria: must be 8 characters long must not be based on dictionary words ...
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Force domain password change in the future?

I want to force all my domain users to change their passwords, but I want it to happen on a specific day in the future. Is there a way I can automate that today, either using a GPO or PowerShell ...
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How to disable user's password via puppet securely?

I have my SSH servers setup to use only Public Key authentication with password authentication disabled. When adding users through puppet I would like to disable user passwords. So far I have came ...
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SFTP password wrong from remote, but not from local

From my server, connecting to it via eth0 (not localhost), I can connect via SFTP: Apr 9 10:02:40 domain sshd[11526]: Accepted password for test from 1.x.x.x port 45335 ssh2 From a remote ...
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Storing unencrypted web app / WordPress passwords - explain to a client

I have a problem with a client who is complaining about a WordPress installation having an unencrypted MySQL database password in the wp-config.php file. I've tried explaining this to him by stating ...
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Changing password in OpenVAS command line

I've been trying to find the right OAP command for changing the password for OpenVAS users. It is possible to change it the Greenbone Security Assistent interface. But i can't find it for doing it ...
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Passwordless public key is not working

this is my fist help ask here despite being a daily reader in order to learn. I am working on a Unix environment (both Solaris and Aix servers) and my public key suddenly stopped working after ...
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pam_cracklib: preventing users from using passwords that contain common words

We would like to prevent users from using words such as the organisation name or their username as part of the password. The default behaviour of pam_cracklib when given a dictionary seems to be to ...
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Best practices for updating passwords on a large number of machines running Windows Server 2012?

I'm going through the process of updating passwords on a dozen or so machines running Windows Server 2012 over RDP from an Apple keyboard. I can't press CTRL ALT DEL or CTRL ALT END because those ...
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Is it OK to set up passwordless `sudo` on a cloud server?

Sorry if the question is vague but I don't know a better way to ask and I didn't see the caveats/tradeoffs of the approach discussed here. I love the idea of accessing servers via keys, so that I ...
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When does password expire when unchecking “Password never expires”

On a Windows Server 2008 R2 AD, if you uncheck the account option "Password never expires" on a User Account, does the password expire instantly, or does it get set to the period defined in the ...
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Combination of SSH key auth, and two-factor authentication

I was wondering if it is possible to accomplish the following, all at the same time: Disable root logins Enable SSH login for personal user, only via SSH keys Enable SSH login for unprivileged user, ...
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Password change reminder Ubuntu

I have an encrypted hard drive on my Linux box. When it was ready for me to change my password because of the 60 day expiration I ran into a problem. I changed the password and once I shutdown my ...
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Where does ISPConfig store the MySQL credentials?

I need to know where ISPConfig keeps the rest of its MySQL credentials So, we reset the root MySQL password, and ever since, whenever I try to install wordpress via ISPConfig , it gives me ...
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What is the purpose of openssl passwd

I'm reading "Reliably Deploying Rails Applications" Regarding defining users to be set up by Chef, it says: “Next we need to define users, inside data_bags/users copy the file deploy.json.example to ...
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john the ripper to evaluate relative password strength

I was wondering whether JtR is a good solution to test password strength. I'm not interested in actually finding the passwords (I'd rather not in fact), what I'd like is to run JtR in a way which ...
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AD LDAP No Password Required

I've got a question about AD accounts that have the setting PASSWD_NOTREQD enabled on them. What exactly does this setting do? From my own research, it appears that this will cause the account to ...
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How can a standard Windows user change their password from the command line?

On Windows Server 2008 R2, I have a standard (non-administrator) local user (not an Active Directory account, though the server is in a domain) who has access to the server only via PowerShell ...
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No password for account when using SSH on server?

Our Server has disabled password-based ssh login and only works with publickey. When I add new users with adduser, it prompts for a password however and I cannot leave it empty. When I generate a ...
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Does openldap support pbkdf2 hash algorithm?

Since pbkdf2 (Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2) is a more secure hash function, so I wonder if current openldap implementation support pbkdf2 (pbkdf2_sha256 for example)? I have found some ...
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Should I set the password when creating new user using useradd command?

I know that when creating a new user by useradd, I could set his password by -p option, but it seems insecure, then what the right way to create a user and set his password? I do this in two steps: ...
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Where does server store the users random salt for password

In order to make passwords more secure , a random salt is added to the password before harshing occurs . I am assuming the salt is stored on the server in an associative array [username:salt] and ...
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Pam password policy not working for root

I was following this guide (http://xmodulo.com/2013/12/set-password-policy-linux.html) for setting up pam and password for policy for CentOS. Everything works great except the root or any user's ...