The functions performed by the person or processes responsible for security of passwords on a given system.

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Storing a user's password in a retrievable manner

I currently store my users passwords as PBKDF2 hashes, for the authentication part of my web application. Each user also has their own private key and public key (also stored in their user profile in ...
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How to decide whether to password protect key files in addition to full disk encryption

It is customary to protect certain critical files with a password. For example: PGP keys, VPN keys, password managers, etc. The practice dates back to before full disk encryption being common. These ...
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Prevent Derby SQL User Authentication Change [migrated]

Can someone tell me if there exists SQL code for Derby to change a username or password of a database? How may I reproduce this to prevent it in future in my application? What I'm busy doing, is to ...
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what if an operating system can change your password [closed]

Everyone want security for their pc/laptops... NO DOUBT... So we protect them by some password. 'Longer password, more security' this is the tag line. But what if our computer can change our ...
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Juggling bus factor & separation of duties on a small team?

I am lead dev on a team of five people. Only three are coders. And only the coders are really technical enough to do a roll-out of our application to a production server. Our app is pretty ...
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How secure is this method to remember security questions?

So I found an interesting method of remembering those pesky security questions. Basically, the guy takes a hash of the question (IE what is your mother's maiden name?) and then appends his own ...
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autocomplete and cache in Firefox [migrated]

I am trying to understand if there is any difference between browser (in my case Firefox) cache and the place where 'autocomplete' data for an HTML form is stored in the browser. Unified storage for ...
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What does one call the strategy of using “pre-password transforms” as passwords?

Suppose that instead of using, say, Google, let me in! as my Google password, I used some consistent transform of this string, say ZWE1NjMyNm? What search keywords would be helpful to search for ...
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Is MS Windows more secure than Linux on this aspect?

The administrator account can be renamed which means the hacker needs to figure out two pieces of information : the user name and the password while there is always one root account in Linux named ...
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Should security phrases be hashed?

I didn't think of this before but today I just realised that in soke sites, pw recovery is possible if you know the answers to security questions like What is your mother's maiden name? In this ...
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How can I design a password reset function, which does not reduce security for users who can remember their password?

We have a web app for which some users want to have a password reset function. I don't want to enforce a particular level of security for the users. So if a user picks a strong password which she is ...
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Correct way to perform secure two way encryption on a web site

I'm currently working a project that requires me to store sensitive information (mainly passwords and other information) on a web server via a standard python/flask website. This information is to be ...
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Can any App Store app access all of my passwords?

Whilst researching another question, I've noticed that on OS X 10.9.4 there are many instances of Library/Keychains/login.keychain from ~ within the Data folder of what looks like apps from Apple App ...
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What do I do when a ISP stores passwords as plaintext

I am living in a student housing in UK. Today, I was suddenly asked to put in my log in credentials for the internet service and because I forgot the credentials, I went to find my password section. ...
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Hard Coded Credentials in Equipment Serviced by Many People

According to National Public Radio, Ruben Santamarta has reported that gear aboard airliners and accessible through on-board WiFi or in-flight entertainment equipment uses hard-coded login ...
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Is it safe to send clear usernames/passwords on a https connection to authenticate users?

I'm setting up a home HTTP server which can send and receive JSON data to/from different clients (Android and iPhone apps). I'd like to allow access only to certain users and I'm considering using a ...
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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Does cPanel store my login password as plaintext

On attempt to change my cPanel password I was warned that: Your password could not be changed because the new password failed with the following reason : (is too similar to the old one), please try ...
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I store my passwordstore.org data in the cloud. Are my passwords safe?

I use pass to manage my passwords and sync this manually to a private git repo in the cloud. I believe this is safe because the repo is not public and, more importantly, the data is GPG encrypted. ...
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Want to build a password manager using OpenPGP.js

I'm kind of tired of the password managers that are available around... I need one that's open source, that works on OSX, that lets me store .pem files and that I can trust. As I haven't found one, I ...
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How to help users manage password portfolios based on risks of compromise?

A framework for modeling password management risks and costs, and the beginnings of a good strategy for users to help them manage passwords for their often large portfolios of accounts is outlined in ...
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How Empathy - a messaging program, is storing my passwords

I am connected to my chat accounts via Empathy, a messaging program, and it has my password stored in it. I am really curious to know how it is storing the passwords, and if there is any they can ...
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How to memorise multiple xkcd-style passwords for particular services?

I could use a password manager, but I don't like relying on another entity than myself to store my passwords, and it would screw me over if I find myself on the internet in a new location without the ...
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How do web email clients store my passwords from other providers?

The situation comes down to this: When I enter in hotmail, it retrieves my messages connecting to other providers: they could only do so by using my email and password. Since I had signed in a ...
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Should I implement my own local password hash?

Having a more-than-elementary knowledge of internet security, I've realized that some web applications and websites I use implement a less-than-ideal password policy. Some examples include: ...
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How secure could the LastPass Android application be with a four-digit PIN?

I use LastPass for Android with the PIN option. After having entered my full Lastpass password the first time that I used the app, now when opening the application I have access to all my passwords ...
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What implementations are possible for dual control?

An organization requires employees to use 2 person authentication in some scenarios. That is, when accessing, say, a server, secret knowledge from 2 people should be used for authentication. No one ...
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What if I develop my own hash algorithm to create strong passwords from easy ones?

I came up with this idea but I cant figure out if it's good or bad, maybe you can help. My goal is: I want to create extremely strong passwords for my main accounts (gmail, skype and so on). I want to ...
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Password database vs flat encrypted file [closed]

I am considering putting a forward a proposal to use a password database/manager instead of a flat (PGP) encrypted file for managed passwords for our team to access. I would like to hear some ...
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Password reset system code system vs long hash

I'm building a password reset system at the moment and I've come across a dilema. Currently we have a system which creates a long md5 has (16 characters) and emails a link to a customer which they ...
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For all the hassle it brings, why isn't password management handled by the database?

Right now, we might do something like password varchar(72), when defining a password column, with for example BCrypt. But there's a lot of folks that don't do this very effectively. Maybe they just ...
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How to limit the need to type a long master passphrase to only once per login session?

I want to set up a password management system on a home machine running Debian, and for this I'm considering only non-proprietary, open source password-managers available through Debian1. I'd like to ...
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How to add user entries with password field in LDAP over HTTPS

I am new to this kind of stuff (HTTPS etc.) and pretty much confused on how to go ahead with this. An LDAP server (ApacheDS) at the back-end stores the user details. To add new users, the user ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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How to store passwords securely in my server?

Disclaimer: I know I should use bcrypt to securely store user's passwords. Please, keep reading. I want to store credentials for several email services for each user. So if I log in with my username ...
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Is sending plain passwords over SSL as part of a password update process bad?

The Web application I'm working on is 100% SSL secured (or rather TLS as it is called today...). The application recently has been audited by a security company. I mostly agree with their results but ...
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Is upgrading key-stretching algorithms and/or repetitions a thing?

Consider back in the 90s you're ahead of the curve, you hashed and salted your passwords with SHA, and you're a big site, millions of accounts, etc. Well the web evolves, and over time more advanced ...
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Should we rethink our entire password strategy? [closed]

Passwords get discussed a lot on this site, and there's quite a lot for both users and sites to do, to stay in line with "best practice". Web sites need a password strength policy, account lockout ...
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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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The registration confirmation email contains my password: do they keep it in plaintext?

I was kind of shocked when I just received my confirmation mail from the shop where I just registered myself: they sent my username (which is my email address) and the password I typed in. The ...
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Is it safe to keep passwords in an Evernote note?

I would like to keep a password matrix in an Evernote note. I would like to ask for feedback on the security of that storage.
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Is storing passwords associated with system processes and binaries in an encoded format acceptable?

When a system must go from a powered down state to a fully operational state without any human intervention it therefore needs access to usable authentication credentials unattended. The system must ...
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Does SSH authorized_keys violate the principle of “re-authenticate before password change”?

It is generally accepted that password change mechanisms should ask the user for their old password (e.g. OWASP) The reason being that an attacker who has temporary access to a user's session (be it ...
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Implementing password-reset in a web application by authtoken over email

I think I have a basic understanding of security concerns, but I feel like if I don't know everything, I'm going to implement lousy solutions. Below is my current strategy; Have I overlooked obvious ...
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Can users make use of a password manager when banks tell them never to write passwords down?

Consider a user who wants to use a password manager for their banking passwords. Advice from banks usually says they should never write down their password. The user would be concerned about going ...
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Why is it considered safe for services like Mint to store bank password?

My understanding is that, typically websites are recommended to store only hashes of passwords using one-way cryptographic hash function. This way, there is no way to retrieve the passwords even when ...
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Is there more risk in changing administrator password locally vs from a centralized location?

I'm working on a mechanism to better handle group policy passwords in response to MS14-025. We formerly used this mechanism for setting the local admin account passwords on our workstations (primarily ...
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How do I migrate users with shared email addresses to an email-based forgotten password process?

I'm migrating users from custom application-level authentication security (built into the app, using username as the unique identifier) to security as a service (using ThinkTecture's Identity Server ...
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Automated software hackers use to try passwords

Because of the eBay hacking, I had to go and look for other accounts that I have used the same password to change the passwords on those site as well. (I know that it's very bad to have same passwords ...
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Enforcing password change

When a site gets hacked, or otherwise, the web site forces you to change your password. This is done by simply telling you to change your password, not enforcing it. Why do they do that? For ...