Procedures, policies and constraints on password entry, lifetime, change, strength, and storage. An essential part of access management, together with policies on other forms of authentication.

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Company Password Management [closed]

The topic of personal password management has been covered in great detail time after time. This question is aimed at the business or organization that needs to keep track of many unique passwords for ...
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How does a team of Systems Administrators share passwords securely?

What are best practices for sharing hundreds of passwords among a few people? These passwords protect mission critical data, and cannot ever be visible beyond a small team.
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What is the industry standard method for administering the change of the local administrator password for all machines on a domain?

Although there appears to be three available options, one of which is actually secure, there seems to be only two available choices that will be able to impact machines that are not powered on at the ...
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What's the safest online password system?

It's so difficult to track dozens of passwords in different locations. Syncing fails from time to time and you end up with collision correction avoidance syndrome. Is there a single source of safe, ...
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In a large Linux only network how would you handle Authentication and User management?

After working with linux for years in small networks, I've started in a company that maintains large windows networks. I know you can cobble a linux host onto an Active Directory network but is there ...
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There's got to be a FOSS web-based LDAP password reset app out there, right? [closed]

It seems like every shop that uses LDAP at some point has to cobble together something to let users reset their passwords without bothering the IT staff. The workflow almost always looks like: User ...
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When would you use the “password never expires” option?

I'm simply wondering when you should set a user account so that the password never expires. On what accounts is this a good idea?
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Reset user's password without root

Is there any way to allow non-root users to change other user's password. Specifically, is there a way to grant help desk employees the ability to do password resets. The help desk already can reset ...
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How do you manage passwords for a large number of servers?

Given how important it is to have different passwords for different systems, how does a data centre with thousands of servers manage? I'm only managing a few dozen machines at the moment, but the ...
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Password Manager

I work at a small business that needs a new password management software solution. Our needs are: Multiple Databases (one for IT passwords, one for Accounting passwords, etc...) Multiple ...
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How do i change Active Directory Password in Windows 2012 Terminal Server without Using CTRL ALT

How do i change Active Directory Password in Windows 2012 Terminal Server without Using CTRL + ALT I cant use CTRL + ALT + END And CTRL + ALT + DEL Is there any other Method invoking the Security ...
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Managing service passwords with Puppet

I'm setting up my Bacula configuration in Puppet. One thing I want to do is ensure that each password field is different. My current thought is to hash the hostname with a secret value that would ...
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Can a password change in Active Directory be reverted?

I often need to log in with a user's domain account to make sure that I've set up their profile correctly, but there's no easy way to do this other than to call them and give them a temp pass and ...
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Is there a way to prevent password expiration when user has no password?

Okay, we all care about security so users should change their passwords on a regular basis (who said passwords are like underwear?). On redhat and centos (5.x and 6.x), it's possible to make every ...
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Best way to securely communicate passwords and credentials to clients?

Often I end up doing server administration for clients as part of developing web applications, I always set up access for myself using an SSH Key pair. I usually end up choosing a random password for ...
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Why do some websites prevent you from using non-alphanumeric characters in your site password? [closed]

I logged in to a website today and found this message: As a part of new security systems upgrades, we are requiring all existing customers to change their password to enhance the protection of ...
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how can i configure active directory to make passwords expire at midnight?

When a user changes his password, it's typically sometime during the day. This means that a password expiration date set to last change + n days will result in the password expiring during the day. ...
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Central password storage tool that multiple users can access with privilege levels

Working in web development I am in charge of a large array of passwords for various servers, CMSs, etc, etc. At the moment these are stored on paper in a safe, which is cumbersome and an enormous ...
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Windows - dsmod enforcing password policies?

I am writing a self service password reset tool for users in my test domain. I would like them to be able to change passwords and not generate a random password. I am using dsmod with a service ...
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How to test passwords against a word list with fuzzing

How can I test passwords against a dictionary / word list, where the entries have been fuzzed to some degree? By "fuzzed", I mean variants of words with "l33t" conversions and other character ...
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web (server) based password manager

I know there have been a few topics here about password managers but I read them all and did not really find what I'm looking for. What I'd need is a free or cheap (most password mgr software is $500 ...
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Keeping and maintaing a password list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Company Password Management How Do You Manage Your Passwords Not sure if this question suits this site but here goes. What recommendations can you give to ...
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Centrally managing logins to lots of linux machines

We have a growing collection of servers, both physical and virtual, which we need to login into. Login is usually with SSH, using an RSA key pair rather than a password (which is switched off in SSH ...
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Password policy vs password never expires question

I'm new to the Server administration game. I'm about to push out my first group policy concerning passwords. I'm going to do something simple. Use MS's built in complexity requirements and an max ...
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Enforcing that passwords contain a certain mixture of characters on Red Hat Linux or CentOS

On Red Hat Linux or CentOS, how can one enforce that passwords consist of a mixture of alphabetical and numerical or special characters?
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How to let users change linux password from web browser?

I'm not sure if this is a stackoverflow question or serverfault but here goes: I have an Ubuntu 10.04 file server (Samba/FTP/HTTP) and I would like to have the ability to give users the ability to ...
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How can I logon to a user account on a domain without destroying user password?

I am the Domain Administrator. Is there a way I can log on to a workstation, as a User, without knowing their password? I know I can reset the user password from Active Directory. But say I did this, ...
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Good ways to disseminate login information, especially when new users are created?

When you create user logins in bulk, with set passwords as many users are unlikely to change their passwords, how do you disseminate the information? Students in our school division are automatically ...
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Centralised Password Management Software

Currently, the company I work for has nothing in the way of password management - everything is in a big excel spreadsheet that everyone has access to. Obviously this has a whole rash of issues ...
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Password Manager, integrated with Active Directory

We have several passwords and key phrases that we need to store in a central place. However, we need to protect this information so others cannot access it. Our thoughts are to have a password ...
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keepass web interface [closed]

I'm just getting started with Keepass http://keepass.info/ as a password database. It works great as an standalone application. The problem I'm having is when I am with out MY computer or USB key ...
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Lock Workstation Glitch? (AD/Windows XP)

I was playing with a lab setup recently (Windows 2003 R2 x32 SP2, Windows XP SP3, Active Directory) and noticed that if I locked the workstation, the following strange behaviour appeared: I have a ...
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How is the “change password at next logon” requirement supposed to work with RDP using Network Level Authentication?

We have a Windows server (2008 R2) with the "Remote Desktop Services" feature installed and no Active Directory domain. Remote desktop is set up to "Allow connections only from computers running ...
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smbk5pwd overlay on OpenLDAP 2.4

I have an OpenLDAP server and I want to configure the smbk5pwd overlay to make OpenLDAP update the sambaNTPassword and sambaLMPassword attributes automatically when a change occurs on userPassword. ...
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Outlook Change Password Prompt - What enables this, and what do I put for Exchange Server?

One of my end users sent me this screen, which is obviously indicative of an expired user password I'm unable to replicate this in my lab, nor do I know what value to put in for Exchange. (is it ...
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How to allow a group to change user passwords?

I have the following openldap server configuration: access to attrs=userPassword by self write by anonymous auth by set="[cn=users,ou=Group,dc=my-company,dc=de]/memberUid & user/uid" ...
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Steps to take to protect against the “unthinkable”

We have two sysadmins who know the passwords to all our systems. If the "unthinkable" happened (AKA "they both went under a bus") there is currently no way for the remaining team members to obtain ...
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Is there an app/script I can deploy to enable my users to change their own LDAP passwords?

I've recently enabled LDAP based authentication on my domain. This has allowed us to use a single set of credentials to administer the blog, the forum and the wiki. Unfortunately, this has come at ...
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Is there a password agent for the mysql command-line client?

I use the mysql command line client frequently. Sometimes I wind up typing in my password dozens of times per day, and I'm getting really tired of it. SSH has a neat utility called ssh-agent which ...
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Is it wise to use very secure password for sudo users when using SSH Keys for server login?

I am not asking how to do anything here, rather trying to understand best practices and the "right" way to handle server security. To prevent brute force password attacks, I have secured my server in ...
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Privileges for resetting password, changing password, unlocking account, and read profile

I have made a service that has the capability to reset, changes passwords, unlock a locked out account, and read AD profile values (e.g. sn, firstname etc) of some domain user after the user verifies ...
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Developing a Password Sync Plugin for Active Directory

Recently i came across through password sync plug-ins provided by many identity management provider vendors (Tivoli, Oracle, CA) they provide a password sync plug-in which we will install on every ...
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Should I create a password for a user if they only will be using ssh key authentication?

I am adding a new user account (to a CentOS 6.2 box) which will only use ssh key authentication (with a strong key passphrase of course). I have disabled ssh password auth in sshd_config. Should I ...
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new user with authorized_keys: how to NOT ask for the old password when setting one?

when I create a user in the system with Chef, I always upload its public key to .ssh/authorized_keys. When user logs in for the first time, he is required to "change" his password. For that a stub ...
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Best practice for assigning passwords in a company

I work in a small company and have been spending a lot of time optimizing our network. Our security system is, sadly, abysmal, seeing as no one ever really took care of it. So I'm looking for an ...
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Can I set up application specific passwords on Ubuntu?

I've got a Ubuntu virtual server that I use for webhosting and other stuff. I've been thinking about moving mail onto it, but I'd like to secure it more against the threat of losing my smartphone. ...
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D-Link DES-3550: can't change password

I have a D-Link DES-3550 switch, Firmware: Build 5.00-B28. I want to change admin password, but somehow I am unable to do this: DES-3550 Fast Ethernet Switch Command Line Interface ...
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Password expiration notice for Active Directory

Are there any tools/apps/scripts out there that will do password expiry notification for Windows 2008 Active Directory credentials? This is needed for our web apps that use Active Directory for LDAP ...
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Software for managing outside inventory, users and passwords

We are a small sized consulting and system integration company, and we install and partially manage (not always with remote access) different servers and workstations. We need a centralized, and ...
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Is Jenkins/Hudson ciphered password storage “safe”?

In setting up our Jenkins/Hudson server recently it became clear that it has to store passwords. It seems that it stores the passwords "ciphered" in config.xml I can't see how this would be safe as ...