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

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Write & “WHERE” Clause Only?

I've had an idea kicking around in my head for a while, and am wondering if there are problems with it or it just has no value. What if a Database server (such as Postgres) had a column that could ...
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Would a massive blacklist of guessable passwords be useful? [duplicate]

Suggestions to make a good password all focus on creating a string that a computer (or more likely, a network of computers with multiple GPUs) can not guess. Putting a password meter for when users ...
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Mysql database password and webform password

I have a Mysql database where one table is meant to store user complaints/comments/suggestions. I am using Mysqli to connect to the database with a ...
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Should I take care when entering incorrect passwords in untrustworthy websites?

I have the problem that I usually use 4 passwords that I use quite often. I use the first two strong passwords for very important services (e.g. Email, PayPal,..), and the other two not so strong for ...
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Centralize Linux System Management

We currently maintain several linux servers and are looking to employ sub contractors. However, we wan't to keep tabs on who does what on each server. Other then creating sudo accounts on every ...
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Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app?

I have an Android device with the Gmail app installed. This app can access the mailbox so there must be some kind of authentication data stored on the device (possibly an application specific ...
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How dangerous is it to store password in plain text on sites like GitHub?

I have a few private repositories set up on GitHub for some of the projects I am working on for my company. These applications connect to databases and I have database authentication credentials ...
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Secure OS for Website managing [closed]

I'm starting a new website project where I have many passwords (root,sql,wordpress, etc). I have a USB stick encrypted with TrueCrypt with a file of all my passwords. But I also want to be safe if i ...
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Storing passwords on a home computer

I remember all the passwords (and variations of passwords) that I use for various sites online. The problem is not that I forget a password, but that I forget which password goes with which site. And ...
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Is there a risk in sending the username in a password reset email?

We're using a CMS that has a password reset function that works according to best practices out of the box. Passwords are stored as salted hashes Forgot Password works like this: User enters ...
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How to manage passwords in a multi-tenant surrounding?

I am building a multi-tenant application in a shared database model. I would like to encrypt sensitive data so that only a particular tenant could have access to his data. What is the best mode to ...
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Can cloud based password managing services be trusted?

I'm a big time user of cloud based password managing services like LastPass. But in the light of recent revelations like various government backdoors in popular sites, programs like prism, etc. I'm ...
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I'm an IT consultant. Should I discourage a client from telling me his password?

I'm an IT consultant. One client has known me for a few years. He wants me to do some work on his kids' laptop again. I'll need to log into his kids' Windows user account. (I'm guessing that multiple ...
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RSA vs PBKDF2 for password storage (theoretical)

I know this is not the right way to store passwords, but I'm asking this from a theoretical perspective: Suppose a web site's passwords were encrypted with RSA asymmetric encryption and the private ...
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Password on login idea

In addition to the standard best practices on password logins. Has anyone considered a captcha like system but instead of just typing out what is in the captcha, the captcha will be directions on what ...
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How do I block LinkedIn from extracting data from Microsoft Exchange Server?

LinkedIn now offers the ability to take a real user and password from the end user and connect to Exchange Server for the purpose of importing contacts into their system. (To do this yourself, click ...
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Is KeePass a good defense against keyloggers?

KeePass is a program in which you can store your password and copy and paste them into websites. Does anyone know if it is safe against key logging software? Does key logging software pick up what you ...
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Looking for safe, simple way to store passwords with PHP 5.2.17 [duplicate]

I've found many posts on StackOverflow and other sites using Google, but since security is always changing, and what was safe a few months ago not me anymore... I felt the need to ask on here. ...
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How to avoid scripts with hardcoded password? [duplicate]

I have some scripts on Ubuntu Linux machine that logs in to a database server to run some maintenance daily. To login to the database, I need a password and right now it is hardcoded in the script. ...
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Shared vs unique credentials for remote support vendor accounts

I have a situation where my employer has a support contract with a vendor for an application we use. This application runs on a (Windows 2008 R2) server that does not store or have access to any ...
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Password Verification Server

I posted a question here... Protecting Password Hashes with Store Procedures? ...where I asked about denying a website's database user CRUD access to the tables that store password hashes except ...
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Does versioning an encrypted file make it less secure?

Suppose I use KeePassX as a password manager, and I store the kdb file in Sparkleshare folder as a way for backing up and syncing with multiple devices. The kdb file in itself would be encrypted, but ...
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Protecting Password Hashes with Store Procedures?

I was thinking about the recent (seemingly weekly) security breaches we've seen where millions of password hashes have been leaked and I was wondering how one might secure their site against a ...
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Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?

I came across this Intel How Strong is Your Password? page which estimates how strong your password is. It has some advice on choosing better passwords including that you should use multiple ...
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If a hacker gets into my PC can he get to my saved windows live mail passwords?

If a hacker gets into my PC can he steal my emails passwords? I use the windows live mail client to manage my email and I have saved my passwords when it asks me to save them. I run like 9 mail ...
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Do honeywords add any real security?

This paper proposes the concept of honeywords for detecting if a password database has been compromised. As far as I understand it works like this: You save n password hashes for each user, one that ...
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How to effectively save database password inside desktop application?

Suppose we are in the field of desktop applications which need to store their data in a database. How do I store the password for this database avoiding the most obvious mistakes, which are: 1) hard ...
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Why one time passwords using nested hash chain are not used?

I am wondering, why web sites do not use one-time passwords generated by hash chain. By that I mean that a client chooses a secret and after being salted, he applies some secure hash function F() on ...
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Why are Lengthy Password Stronger Than Complex? [duplicate]

So all my life I've been listening to people tell me to make complex password: Upper / Lower / Numeric / Symbols. Recently though I've been reading / seeing that length above all seems to make for ...
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How to securely audit passwords using John the Ripper

When my clients create a password, they are shown a strength meter and I have set the requirements fairly high. However, the strength meter is essentially only useful if being attacked by a very dumb ...
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What's the rationale behind Ctrl-Alt-Del for login

Why is Ctrl+Alt+Del required at login on certain Windows systems (I have not seen it elsewhere, but contradict me if I'm wrong) before the password can be typed in? From a usability point of view, ...
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Mitigating the loss of a mobile phone used for second-factor login

Take the following scenario: John is using GMail for his primary email account and LastPass as his password management system. Both of these accounts are using the Google Authenticator mobile ...
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how secure is passwordcard.org?

How secure is passwordcard.org? Assuming user follows recommended precautions: Don't read along with your finger, or the smudge will tell a thief where your password is. Keep your PasswordCard on ...
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Why regenerating a password's hash?

I've read http://alias.io/2010/01/store-passwords-safely-with-php-and-mysql/ on how to store passwords using PHP and MySQL, the secure way. Elbert says: Use a cryptographically strong hashing ...
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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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Where to draw the line with password managers? [duplicate]

I have just started using a password manager and was wondering what is the best practice regarding where to draw the line regarding what is stored in the software. Ideally I could store Windows/Unix ...
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Can a user's Apple Keychain be opened on a different computer?

Apple uses a nice keychain. This is used by, for example, Google's Chrome browser. Imagine a user copies all the keychain files. Would that user be able to unlock the keychain, if they knew the ...
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Temporary passwords e-mailed out as plain text

Is this a security issue? Many big ecommerce platform companies use this feature. Where if you forgot your password, they e-mail you a temp password. Could someone potentially figure out the ...
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How to evaluate a password manager?

How can we quantify the trade-off between password aggregation and convenience? Password managers such as lastpass are convenient, but aggregation of passwords into a common store may reduce ...
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Setting a limit on password recovery attempts

in a setting where one has forgotten their password, I'd like to be able to limit the attempts of entering in email addresses to something like 10. My first thought was to use a cookie. $attempts = ...
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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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LastPass One Time Recovery Passwords--How?

The LastPass password manager stores One Time Recovery Passwords locally in each browser you use the plugin with: http://helpdesk.lastpass.com/account-recovery/ My question is, how can you have more ...
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What is the safest way to store a password in a single file?

I've been reading about it. This article helped me a lot. But the more I read the more complicated it seems. For example: Is it better to use bcrypt, or PBKDF2, sha2 or something else for the salt? ...
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What is more secure for voice and SMS OTP: A random number or generated similar to HOTP?

Many providers are creating OTP authentication for their sign in. However I noticed that all the voice and SMS OTPs I've come across are a series of 6 digits... similar to the HOTP RFC Standard ...
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Arguments that proof a hashing scheme is sufficient

We're currently working on a new server application that is going to communicate with client applications on many different systems. For this we wanted to implement a new password hashing scheme. ...
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Logging in a user after password reset via link

Lets say password reset functionality flow is the following: User submits email address used for his account. An email is sent to that email address with a link with a password reset hash. Upon ...
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Where to store Java keystore password?

We are going to have a Java Key Store which will store certificates & public/private keys. This keystore will be protected with the password. However, access to the keystore is only from the ...
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What is the point of hashing passwords?

Even when following strict security protocols, and what the user typed is (in this hypothetical situation) completely impossible to derive, the key that the server needs to compare to is still there. ...
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Why do I need both root password and user password in Fedora Linux?

I am just now installing (for the first time) a shiny new Fedora 18. I set up a strong root password, installed the whole thing. Now it is asking me to create a user account and a password is ...
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Saved passwords (use case)

I have a program in which a user enters a password, and the user data is stored encrypted using AES-128. The data and passwords must be stored together. Both the data and the password are encrypted ...