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 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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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 ...
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recovering from a plaintext password in usermod -p

My small office's server was under attack yesterday and today and apparently the hacker gained access through a weak password (i.e. I am to blame entirely). The moment I noticed this, I fysically ...
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How can I prompt Mac clients connecting to RDS/Terminal Services to change password at first login?

This is my first implementation of Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Services; we are using it as a solution for Mac clients that need to run a piece of new Windows-only software. My question is about ...
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Logging in as another user in Windows without resetting their password?

If you own the administrator account on Windows Domain, is there a way of logging into a user account without resetting the password? We have users that log in remotely, and I need to work on their ...
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How to recover public key password? [closed]

I created a new instance of a server on my VPS provider and when I was doing the initial server setup it prompted me for a password, which I don't remember. Is there anything I can do in this ...
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Rsync and ssh script

I really dont need ssh keys. The server has good security implemented. I need the script to input the password without user usage/interaction. How can I make this? Its CentOS release 6.5 (Final) ...
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Allow linux root user mysql root access without password

On cPanel when I am logged in as root and type "mysql" without hostname and password it gives me direct access to mysql root user. I would like to do this for one of my non-cpanel server where the ...
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Safely providing passwords to a linux daemon

I have a linux daemon that accesses some services (db etc). It needs some passwords for this. What would be the best way to give the passwords to the daemon in a secure manner? I currently store the ...
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Forgot MySQL password

Today I realized that I forgot the MySQL password, or that somebody else changed it (I doubt it). Is there any possibility that I can get the root password? I have access to all the machine (as it's ...
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EC2 Password expire dont have previous password

Our server guys setup a password expire policy but never set a password for the default user now the password has expired but I am unable to change it as it asks for the current password which we dont ...
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Active Directory Self Service Password Reset

I have a large group of AD users and I need to provide them with a method for changing their own password in case they forget them. I am looking a third party self password reset application to enable ...
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Open Directory Password Location and Encryption Method

Background: I would like to use Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS) to synchronize user accounts and passwords from a Mac OS X Server (10.9) running Open Directory. GADS is installed on a Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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Does the password truly expire?

One can enable password expiration (aka password maximum age) on a Windows domain. I'm a little puzzled though about the meaning of that so-called expiration: It looks like the password does not ...
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Our server hosting provider asked for our root password

I work at a company that develops and hosts a small business critical system. We have an "Elastic cloud server" from a professional hosting provider. I recently got an email from them saying that ...
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Active Directory - How to find what machine applied a GPO

I've got a GPO that is configured to change the local builtin Administrator's password on certain machines. I need to find what machines have applied this GPO to themselves. I've written a script that ...
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ssh accepts any password [duplicate]

I'm recovering a server from getting hacked and there is one thing I can't fix: When I ssh (or scp) to the server, no matter what password I give, it lets me log in. I don't know much about the ssh ...
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Required strength for Admin/Windows passwords [closed]

We're trying to come up with a policy for required password-strength for Windows passwords on our domain. I was leaning towards a 10 character minimum with special characters and uppercase. We have a ...
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How can you recover a different admin account password when the default Administrator account is disabled?

If I were to create a admin domain account on a remote Windows Small Business Server (SBS), copy all permissions from the current [default] Administrator account, and then disable the [default] ...
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Windows - user must change password on next logon: “current password” and “new password” boxes do not appear

I have a SBS2011 domain and Windows 7 laptops. I created a user on the domain, set a temporary password and ticked the box to force the user to change password at next logon. Sit at the user's desk ...