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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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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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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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Client passwords manager [closed]

I've been looking around for a good password/domains manager. Something to keep track of my clients passwords, domains, DNS, database access, etc. Web based is a must. I've heard about KeePass, ...
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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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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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Documentation and password storage for a web hosting company

I am in the process of designing and building a documentation and password storage point with the following ingredients: Suffice from service outages Automatic backups Keeping security and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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SSMS 2008 not remembering connection login credentials

When connecting to a server on SQL Server Management Studio 2008, I'm entering the Server Name, and using SQL Server Authentication, entering Login & Password, and ticking Remember password. ...
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Is KeePass good for saving passwords for IT managers?

I am considering switching from passwords.rtf to a new system that is actually secure. I am a great fan of Dropbox and I am a great fan of efficient and quick working. If a passwords system requires 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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allow web designer to change password?

I have a Linux web server, and I've created a user (in/etc/passwd) for a web designer. I pre-set her password and she uses the sftp uploading capability of her web design software to upload content. ...
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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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Change domain password from non-domain computer (AD)

I have a domain controller on Windows Server 2008. When I set up my users, I gave them all a dummy password with the "must change on next login" checked. Everyone's machine is all on the same ...
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How to change password schema for Dovecot user authentication for an already existing mail server

I have an email server setup on Debian Lenny with Postfix, Dovecot, SASL and MySQL. Currently, the password scheme in my dovecot-sql.conf file is set to: CRYPT default_pass_scheme = CRYPT I would ...
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Software for asset or password management in a team

At the office we are looking for software to manage, share and store several of our digital assets like software licenses, registration codes, and most importantly passwords for our hundreds of ...
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Bulk change passwords

I am converting some scripts from an ancient SuSe install, after a swap to ubuntu. These scripts uses a tool called mkpasswd, which sets user passwords. I wonder if there is something similar for ...
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How google,yahoo and other mail services securing passwords?

How Google,yahoo and other top level mail services securing passwords ? What technology they are using for securing and storing ? How they managing mail passwords ?
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How to configure password maximum days before it expires?

I want to set Maximum days of a password can be used. So I configure PASS_MAX_DAYS in /etc/login.defs, and PASS_WARN_AGE to warn user before the password expired. In my example, I set PASS_MAX_DAYS = ...
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Active Directory Account Creation

We are creating the AD account and password automatically. The Helpdesk will not know the password or use it in way. I'm looking for other companies that are maybe doing the same type of procedure. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 use fetchmail (or another email grabber) with OSX keychain for authentication?

Many fetchmail tutorials I've read says putting your email account password clear-text in a config file is safe. However, I prefer security through layers [silly example: if my terminal is up and ...
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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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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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How to make Plesk NOT block the browser password auto-complete feature?

All versions of the Plesk control panel software always had this "feature" where they disable the browser password auto-complete feature. Sure, they argue it's a security measure, but it's really not. ...
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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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Adding new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adding new users I'm trying to add a new user account to my ftp server. I used useradd -p password -d /home/newuser -s newuser now when he tries to log in it ...
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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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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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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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Setting password expiration settings on CentOS

How does one set the password expiration parameters on CentOS or Red Hat Linux using PAM? Specifically, I need to set the following: Maximum number of days that a password may be used. Minimum ...
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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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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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Password Vaults

The company I work for is looking to setup a web based application that will host the passwords. So it should use SSL and be able to have access controls implemented by user. It does not necessarily ...
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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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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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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 ...