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

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How is password information stored and used on Android accounts?

How difficult would it be for someone who stole your device to gain access to the username and password information stored under the Settings -> More -> Accounts section of an Android device? ...
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Accessing the Exchange EWS API with safety in mind

I'm new to the security stack exchange, so feel free to edit the question or redirect me to another forum if this is not fitting. I'm currently working on a web application that will allow the user ...
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Password Management within an Organisation

Within an organisation there are many passwords such as those for root accounts on servers, hosting accounts, router logins and other such things, that need to be kept track of. I know in some ...
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Recommended policy on password complexity

Is there any research on how how a password complexity policy can increase or decrease the quality of passwords? If you don't have any requirements on the password then probably 90% of users will use ...
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Password security when connecting to ldap with rails application

How do you store a username/password securely in a rails app when using it for many ldap searches? The connection in the app requires ldap_bind_authenticate(Net::LDAP.new, username, password) ...
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Password vault - Technical Details [on hold]

I have some questions about password vault (ex: Cyber Ark) implementations, with focus on Central Password Manager. How is the password vault protected ? Is encryption part of the scheme, or simply ...
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Is GPG suitable as part of a password manager and generator?

I assume that GPG is very strong to crack, guess, etc. Since I have confidence in GPG, would it be appropriate to use my GPG key as the master key for a password manager or generator?
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Decentralised password recovery

Are there good/established techniques for password/key recovery in situations without a centralised service? (Anything goes, but I'd prefer solutions that distribute the recovery information across ...
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Password sharing with spouse or mate (bulk-change shared passwords (via cloud service))? [closed]

I've read on New Scientist magazine that in 80% of all cases when people in a relationship share a place where they live one of the spouses knows the other's password, thus making the question I am ...
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Repercussions for poor password practices? [closed]

I registered for my apartment building's tenant portal. Upon completion it sent me an email with my password in it. I visited the site again and realized there was no SSL encryption. I sent an email ...
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How can I be sure Lastpass really can't access my passwords?

The recent, widely publicized security incident where millions of Linkedin were exposed reminded me to tighten up my password practices. I'm looking at several password managers now and I'm especially ...
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SSH password vs. key authentication

I've usually been told that public key authentication is strongly preferred over password authentication for SSH. However our previous admin was against public keys and only issued passwords and took ...
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Encrypting short data with RSA only?

I have a case where I need to create recovery accounts and I want to create them so that nobody knows the password to them until/unless necessary. Hence, I thought that I would do it using RSA - when ...
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Why Disallow Special Characters In a Password?

The culprit in this case is a particular (and particularly large) bank that does not allow special characters (of any sort) in their passwords: Just [a-Z 1-9]. Is their any valid reason for doing ...
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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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sample/starter code to test for TRUSTe password requirements [closed]

Considering its a requirement for Truste certification I figure that the code to test for a password meeting Truste's password strength requirements has been written more than a few times. I was ...
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Microsoft password email reset link leads to different url?

...I am really annoyed and unsettled by the password reset email I just received from Microsoft. What should I think of this? My email client correctly told me that the underlying url is not the same ...
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Getting password cracking time and byte storage from bruteforce?

I am stuck with this question, you can see it in the picture I have included below. PARTS (a and b) I know a-z will be 26^8, A-Z will be 26^8 guesses, and 0-9 will be 10^8 guesses. But I can't relate ...
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Does the secure attention key really increase security?

Are there any statistics on whether requiring the secure attention key to be pressed on login actually increases security ? I personally don't see the point of that : if you're after credentials, ...
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Web app crypto scheme

For learning purposes I am trying to build a web application (Symfony2, PHP) that allows users to post content and have their own password vault, everything encrypted. Since I want to users to be able ...
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Password reset question answer complexity

I need to implement a password reset feature for a system that will be controlled by a security question and answer pair. The problem is that I can't guarantee I'll have a valid e-mail address or cell ...
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Different password for each login - based on some variable

This might sound a silly question, but I was thinking this as and extra option(which is not required) mainly for advanced users, who want to protect their accounts even more. Lets consider that other ...
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Security analysis of Dashlane

I've been asked by a user whether I would recommend using the Dashlane password manager. I'm aware that other password managers have had some significant security problems, including XSS and CSRF ...
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How do people keep track of their employee's privileged accounts?

I am curious how the community here keeps track of a user's accounts. For instance, in the event of an employee transitioning from the company, how does security make sure that all user accounts the ...
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Share root access without sharing password

I am looking for a way to share admin privileges on some hosts without providing the admin password. From his link, I was thinking of using a primary host from which every user can sudo -u user to ...
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MD5 before PBKDF2 on legacy software

I am mantaining a legacy software that uses MD5 in the following way: The client asks for a 16 byte salt when authenticating an account. The server generates a 16 byte salt, links it to the account ...
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cleartext passphrase for keystore

How is passphrase for a keystore to be stored? we have all passwords encrypted and the key to encrypt is stored in keystore , so how is the passphrase for the keystore to be stored? in clear text? if ...
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Is Google's password recovery by entering an old password a bad practice?

When you try and recover your password on Google, you will eventually stumble across this screen, and it made me wonder: Isn't this type of password recovery from Google essentially the same as ...
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Asking questions randomly from a set of questions instead of a password?

I was thinking about this for a while. Say we have an app for which there is an admin console, and we need to provide access to the admin console over the browser (yes, HTTPS). For authentication, ...
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Should a password ever be presented in plain text to a user (On a website)? Is this illegal under UK Data protections act? [closed]

There is a website I use at work, external to our own. They have just presented with every employee with their plain text password and username via our internal website which requires our own logins. ...
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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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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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Protecting my high-value passwords against offline attacks

Summary I'm a LastPass user, but I have concerns about storing high-value passwords, like my bank password, online. I've read some posts on this topic but still have questions. How safe are ...
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Storing lots of passwords that different levels of employees need access to

I am wondering what other people do for storing passwords. Our current model at my employer is fundamentally flawed in my opinion, so I am trying to see what other people do so I can select the best ...
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Managing website passwords for small team

I'm part of a small group of people who manage a website and the server it runs on. We have many accounts with third-party websites or services that multiple people on the team need to access. What is ...
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Store 2-legged one-time password's key securely

I have a system with a OTP authentication and I need a method to encrypt the main "secret algorithm". In my system each OTP has a pair named "solution" and it is also changing like the OTP. I need to ...
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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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TrueCrypt LUKS keyfile and password

I understand that a TrueCrypt volume may be encrypted with a password AND a keyfile. As far as I can tell, A LUKS volume may use EITHER a password OR a keyfile, but not both simultaneously for ...
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Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access? [closed]

Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access like Windows has with its CredMan (CredWrite, etc). It would be preferrable if they could be used without the need to ...
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Is the same decryption key used for data on the server as locally with Lastpass?

Lastpass stores the password databases encrypted on the server. Does it give a database to anyone who asks? If no, then what authentication (i.e. password) is used? I use Lastpass on multiple devices ...
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Randomness of hash token in password reset link [duplicate]

I want to know what are the points to be kept in mind while creating a hash token for my password reset links. In particular, how to make it un-predictable for an attacker?
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How could a shared password database be implemented?

In the traditional form, a password database is similar to any other database file, except the contents are encrypted using a key derived from a passphrase entered by the user. The user enters their ...
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Hashing vs “One-way Encryption”

When working on a website application, me and a friend asked a security expert (works at IBM) how to handle storing passwords. After hours of google searches (resulting in hours of ...
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Secure copy-paste from phone to computer

Some computers on my university block the keepass application which I use as a password manager. I'm thinking of building a small web application + Android app which lets me securely copy a string ...
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Why are keyloggers a problem for password managers?

Reading the API definition of SetWindowsHookEx, I see Calling the CallNextHookEx function to chain to the next hook procedure is optional, but it is highly recommended; otherwise, other ...
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Is it OK to tell your password to your company's sysadmin?

I'm working in a small company (20 employees) as a senior software engineer. After having problems with my email, our newly employed IT administrator asked me to write my user password to someone in ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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What is a good algorithm for memorizing a password in a few minutes?

Let's say I am following good security policy and picking passwords that are: Long Complex (passphrases where possible, otherwise random strings with special characters) Unique (completely ...
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Using bcrypt in chrome extension [closed]

I am developing a chrome extension for this non profit. Im also working on the server side component as well. Im not a full time developer so most of my knowledge has simply come from years of ...