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so, we've got a ton of passwords that several different administrators need to have access to, each with their unique password/key/user/whatever... it needs to be either centralized, or the passwords database need be synchronized between all admins. any simple suggestions for a solution here? most machines operate on either RH/CentOS or OpenBSD...

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Which kind of access? Un*x passwd database, Samba or more confined solution? Did you use nis, radius or other such a centralized solution? – F. Hauri Jan 22 '13 at 7:50

Depending on your threat / work model, LastPass Enterprise might be exactly what you're looking for. It's a web-based password management service, allowing access from pretty much anywhere that has an internet connection. As long as you've got a browser, you should be able to get at the site. It might even work with ncurses-based browsers if you're lucky!


  • Shared password management.
  • Random password generation.
  • Passwords encrypted on the server, unlocked by user passwords.
  • Detailed access reports.
  • Easy revocation of access.
  • Various export formats, including CSV, in case you ever want to import the passwords into a local repository like KeePass.

At time of writing, prices are 24 USD per year for an enterprise account that gives you up to 100 users, and they offer a free trial.

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Oh, and in case you're wondering, I've got no affiliation with them whatsoever - the above is simply based on what's on their site and what I've heard other say! :) – Polynomial Jan 11 '13 at 16:36
for additional choice, could also try CyberArk (again, no affiliation) – Callum Wilson Jan 11 '13 at 16:38
oh, god no, lol. – episteme Jan 11 '13 at 16:45
looking for a solution that keeps the passwords within the company network.. – episteme Jan 11 '13 at 16:46
@episteme Any particular reason? A breach of the site shouldn't result in any passwords being stolen, since they're encrypted with the master passwords of the users. – Polynomial Jan 11 '13 at 20:14

There are several solution under GNU world.

  • nis - clients and daemons for the Network Information Service (NIS)
  • heimdal-kdc Heimdal Kerberos - key distribution center (KDC)
  • libpam-* many PAM module as LDAP, and maybe your own.
  • libpam-ldapd PAM module for using LDAP as an authentication service
  • freeradius a high-performance and highly configurable RADIUS server

At all, you may copy hashed password from a file to another, even if you can't hashed password. This could be a strong job, but someting it could be simplier for doing a first merging procedure.

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