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

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What is the best strategy to store and share pem files between team?

Our company's small tech team works with several different servers, to which we connect with pem files. What is a good way of storing the pem files so that it can be accessed by other team members if ...
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YubiKey or Google authenticator?

I'm using lastpass and I would like to implement a 2FA in my account, but I don't know which one is the most secure, a software authenticator such as google authenticator or an USB device as Yubikey. ...
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Is it a good idea to use password safes such as KeePass? [duplicate]

I'm starting to use KeePass as a password manager but I was wondering if such password safes are a good way to store passwords. Could a malware dump my RAM when the safe is open and retrieve all the ...
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Secure user logins in applications

We wish to create a Java GUI desktop application for our authorised helpdesk staff to perform their normal operations. For e.g. they often have to check log files for errors if a user called or verify ...
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Password generation based on hash of master password + suffix?

Is this [1] a secure and reasonable way to generate a unique password for login on various websites? echo -n my_strong_master_password#website.com | sha1sum Of course, if my system is compromised ...
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What type of pattern should I use for my passwords?

I have a lot of accounts and until some time ago I used an universal password for all of them. Right now I have a different password for every account depending on the website name that I am logging ...
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Is a file shredder/secure erase necessary when you have full disk encryption turned on?

The password manager that I use has instructions to migrate to a new file format: Export existing passwords to a temporary text file Change password manager to new format Import passwords from ...
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Random Oracle in Javascript for password generation and recall

I use a lot of different sites, and my number one security issue is to never reuse a password. As it seems that every company out there like TalkTalk is as leaky as a sieve, I figure that's the right ...
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VeraCrypt: Is it possible to change the password after an encrypted container has been created?

I would like to know whether it is possible to change the password after an encrypted container has been created? The password I chose was a bit weak, and I would like to be able to modify it without ...
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How to securely store and manage one-time backup codes for 2FA?

I am already using 31 services with 2nd factor authentication and the number is growing. In addition to having multiple authentication devices, I decided for or had to generate a separate set of ...
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Is using bcrypt on existing SHA1 hashes good enough when switching password implementation?

I'm working on improving a CMS where the current implementation of storing password is just sha1(password). I explained to my boss that doing it that way is incredibly insecure, and told him that we ...
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Password manager in not own device

I believe that password managers have a lot of advantages rather than remembering the passwords. So: its time to use them! But I don't want to lose the capability of using my passwords in devices I ...
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Best way to store a password for web app

I know how to store passwords for authentication of users (hash, salt, etc..), but in this case, I am developing a web app and I need to connect to other services and in order to this, I need to store ...
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A predictable password generator for offline clients

I know this sounds like pretty dumb question. Why would you use a password generator at all if it's predictable. But suppose you have a server and client - the server always requires a password and ...
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How to prevent chromeipass from auto-filling credentials?

ChromeIPass (addon for Keepass on Chrome) wants to unlock the database every time it detects credential fields, even if I don't even have an account on that site. This is the default setting (october ...
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Attacks Against Password Managers

What threat models and currently known attacks against online and/or offline Password Managers exist, that do not base on CSRF, XSS or autofill behaviour? I have found two publications from ...
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Secure way to save password in configuration file

I'm developing a desktop application and it required connecting to a remote MySQL database server, currently I save all information (server IP, TCP port, username, password, database name) needed for ...
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Gmail lets me use my old password

My university's email works through Gmail and I can log on to it either through my uni's website or in Gmail. I recently changed my password and I use it to log in to the schools secure WiFi, school ...
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Alternative ways to manage lots of Passwords since Lastpass was hacked & now acquired

There is a lot of debate on Reddit and other sites about whether the hack was or was not bad based on lack of salt to uncover the password hashes. Also, LogMeIn seems to have poor reputation & ...
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Is it possible to disable `ypcat passwd`

We have an old NIS setup which, at geological speed, is being replaced by a Kerberos one. In the meantime, all the (non-root) users can simply type ypcat passwd and get the hashes of all the users' ...
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Major industry password leaks using salted HMAC but without eg PBKDF2, scrypt

I'm trying to convince higher-ups on a project to use an iterative strengthening function to secure password-storage for a new system. The current proposal would store something like an HMAC of a ...
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If I have my neighbors wireless router password, can I access his data with a smartphone?

My neighbor gave me his wireless router password to use on my smartphone. Using this, can I access any of his accounts whether it's his bank account or Att/Direct TV account? I ask because I think ...
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Choosing a good password - again

There are many password-related questions in here, but I failed to find the answer to mine. I'm no expert so maybe I don't have the right keywords. Sorry for any duplicate for a possibly asked 100 ...
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best practices for storing retrievable passwords

I am trying to build a NMS (network management system) and I am required to store passwords for 3rd party databases, devices and servers that are being managed (not user passwords). These passwords ...
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password strength audits and mitigations

Reading this article about detecting bad passwords in the enterprise, made me want to ask if anyone here has attempted any audit like this. It would be an effective attack: There may be a good ...
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How to save passwords temporarily?

I work for a hosting company and are about to design a rest api for a 3rd party so they can create Active Directory user accounts. I also want this api to be async and robust enough to survice ...
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What are best practices for letting employees use a web app, but never actually know the password?

That is, is it possible with a Single-Sign-On tool to give employee "Joe Smith" access to app "SocialMedia App1" for him to do this job. But when Joe leaves the company, can I have complete confidence ...
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Prevention of user's passwords being stored as plain text in bash history

Say I want to find the password of a linux user sudoer account. Assume he uses a strong password. Assume I have physical access to the machine. I can get hold of his passwd and shadow file and ...
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Storing base passwords in Lastpass

After watching Mr Robot I finally motivated myself to setup two factor authenitication for Lastpass with Yubikey. Fastmail is the second service I've set up with my Yubikey. I changed my main ...
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How to safely reuse passwords in variation?

Remembering a lot of passwords is difficult. A lot of people use the same or a small set of passwords for everything. Of course, this is very unsafe. If such a password a password is stolen, the ...
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Chrome/ Opera continue to save & autofill passwords after installing LastPass? Good or bad? Enable/ Disable?

I moved to lastpass a few months back and imported passwords from all Browsers. Apparently, Chrome & Opera {based on Chromium} still pop-up the option to save passwords and are probably ...
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Is KeePass's method for key derivation secure?

I'm familiar with how key derivation functions can be used to slow down brute force attacks against passwords by requiring significant computational and/or memory resources to compute the final key. ...
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Should I inform a random person on the internet that their data may be compromised?

I've found a data leak in a fairly well known password manager. I'm currently in talks with the developers to get this corrected. However, in proving that this is a bug I stumbled on a users data ...
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Keeping a password safe in program config

I have a Windows service which connects to a database to poll some value in order to monitor certain activity. Of course, to use this I need a database password. I need to keep this password safe, ...
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HMAC password reset link and replay attacks

I like the look of this technique for sending password reset links: https://neosmart.net/blog/2015/using-hmac-signatures-to-avoid-database-writes/ (TLDR: don't store token in database. Send password ...
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Does adding a random character to a pseudo-randomly generated password improve entropy significantly?

I'm asking a practical question. I was taught computers are bad at generating random data. Does this mean password generators, such as the one built into Keepass, suck? If yes, then would it help for ...
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Is using the username encrypted with the password as key a good password storage scheme?

On web applications I build I don't hash the passwords. Instead I symmetrically encrypt the username using the user's password and store the result in the password field. I use RijndaelManaged on ...
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What's the secure way to write clear text password into a file?

I'm trying to insert sensible data into a file. I'm trying to write a MySQL configuration file dynamically. The file contains this: [client] password: 87sfZEKEF,5 The script that I used is owned by ...
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Correct way to generate password salts in PHP 5.3 on Linux given my constraints?

In examining our database storage of hashed passwords with salts, I note a high rate of salt collisions, i.e., there are far too many cases where two table rows have the same salt stored. One ...
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If a provider sees the last 4 characters of my password, can they see it in full?

I have some domains/websites as well as emails with Bluehost. Every time I need support, they need the last 4 characters of my main password for the account. They cannot tell me how they store the ...
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Online Password Storage: Is this safe and how can I implement this?

Hello there for an online Tool which offers the feature of storing passwords online I want to implement the following process: A user is generating a secure secret random key with Javascript This ...
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Do cloud-based password managers invalidate even the most secure architecture?

Can an online password vault, like Lastpass, be defended through a security assessment that demonstrates the value they provide outweigh the risks of being a high value target? A valid answer would: ...
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On two-step login forms, why is it the login name and not the password that's asked first?

There are several login forms (e.g. Google's) on the internet where you first enter your login name and then, once that's submitted, you get to enter your password. One of the advantages of this is, ...
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Store password in Public Domain using files and md5sum

Whenever I check integrity of a file using md5sum, I get a string of alphanumeric characters to compare and verify if it was downloaded correctly. Couldn't the concatenation of several of those ...
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Forgot password and revealing whether account exists

So when you hit that forgot password link and enter your email address, it seems that sites (and other programmers I've spoken to) are one of either two mindsets; Notify the user whether or not the ...
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Is there any problem using empty salts with PBDKF for this purpose?

The aim is to generate a secure key for symmetric encryption. I have a master password, from which I want to generate the key for symmetric encryption, in order to encrypt other passwords. The idea ...
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When should a password be hashed? [duplicate]

I develop a Smartphone App and have a little question: When should I hash the user passwords, on the device or upload them in plain text and hash them on the server before stored in the database?
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Do password managers leak information with swap memory?

The post How to find passwords in memory (password managers) concluded, that passwords are visible in plaintext if you login to a website. Password managers tend to store the passwords encrypted in ...
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Several hashing routines support client side work. Doesn't the hash just become a password equivalent?

Isnt Secure Remote Password Protocol (SRP) pretty much client side hashing? Argon2 the winner of the PHC also allows for client side hashing. How do these systems avoid the plaintext equivalence ...
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How secure are the passwords stored at Google Passwords? [closed]

It seems Google activated central place for storing app/website passwords which is accessible at https://passwords.google.com/ and all the remembered Chrome passwords are synched there. In what ...