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

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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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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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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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How can I best manage root passwords for many servers?

Lets say I have two racks with about 40 nix servers in them. I don't want to set all of the root user passwords all the same do I? If not how do you manage and keep up with all of the passwords? Is ...
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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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Practices for storing username/password in Web applications

I have read the following question: Storing password in Java application but I don't find the answers useful for my case. So here is my question somehow related to that. I have a Java Web application ...
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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 ...
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How to store passwords in database so that they can be retrieved?

I'm developing a password manager web app. It's just for fun: I'm not exposing anybody's passwords. My idea was to use hashing+salting, and that's what I did for the master password. But then I ...
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Keypass - Needle in a stack of needles

I got the idea from someone saying the best way is to hide the needle in a stack of needles, not in a haystack. I am considering writing a little app to accompany my Keepass installation. The app ...
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What to do about websites that store plain text passwords

I recently received an email from a popular graduate job web site (prospects.ac.uk) that I haven't used in a while suggesting I use a new feature. It contained both my username and password in plain ...
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How does a hash which contains algorithm to choose can be secure?

I was thinking about creating my own hash+salt function, something like sha1(password + md5(login)), then I read here (part 4) that creating it's own hash+salt function is a bad idea, because if the ...
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Is this idea for a password manager secure? If so, why doesn't anybody use it? [closed]

I've been thinking of a problem with usual password managers: although they do provide better security than manually using passwords, there's a central database that can get lost, get compromised, ...
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Security implications of syncing with off-site keepass database

Is it a safe practice to sync with a Keepass database that is stored on an off-site server? Database is accessed primarily through my Android running 4.4.2. I access/sync my Keepass database by ...
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Secure Distribution of Admin-Defined Credentials to End-Users [duplicate]

Situation: I need to safely send database credentials created by the admin to users in a secure fashion. Currently, creds have been sent to users via plain text email (which is a huge security ...
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Any security risks for the login authentication and change password on the same page?

I want to ask if there are any security risks for the login authentication and change password on the same page? Normally the user needs to authenticate first in order to see the password change ...
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Is google saving clear text passwords? [closed]

On your GMail account you have the option to add other POP3 accounts to automatically fetch mail from them; Google Mail Fetcher. When enabled you have to specify your username and password, and the ...
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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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Is it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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Where to store hashes, salts, keys in Desktop Applications

I am trying to figure out where or how i should store application secrets and keys inside a desktop application. For example a facebook app key or dropbox key and secret. So I've read that i should ...
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Store/retrieve users passwords on server (using password managers ?) [closed]

I am working on a project in wich a school's server will need to use students' passwords periodically to connect to another website for them. I am aware that storing users' passwords in a server ...
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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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Is Django's approach to password reset tokens secure?

I am implementing a password reset feature for a web application and am contemplating adopting an implementation similar to Django. In a nutshell, Django creates a token who is comprised of a ...
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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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Is there a way to securely store unsalted passwords?

So, obviously I'm not talking about username/password pairs here, I plan to store passwords with two salts and three hashes, but what occurred to me is that if I had a table where I kept pairs: ...
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Saving username and pasword inside SQL

I am currently managing a network of around 100 PCs. Many users have different mails/usernames and passwords for different services like login to PC, mail, local applications, ... When an application ...
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How YubiKey Challenge-Response works “locally”?

I have got a YubiKey NEO recently (and a bit disappointed that you can only have two activated second factor authentication methods out of all the listed). In password managers those support YubiKey, ...
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Is “different usernames” as good as “different passwords”

The answers to this question, and the associated xkcd got me wondering: if I use different account names in every service, then can I use the same hard-to-crack password in each? I'm thinking that ...
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guidelines for password managers

I use Lastpass and I'm testing out other password managers in order to set policy for organizational use. Depending on settings, I've found that these programs can automatically send your password ...
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Is there a method of generating site-specific passwords which can be executed in my own head?

I was thinking recently about password security. My goal is to have mostly random passwords, that are different for each site. But you also should be able to remember them (or re-generate them) ...
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How can I detect users that have requested AD Administrators to reuse an expired password?

There is a trend among companies I've worked at where administrators (or helpdesk folks) give a user a courtesy extension of the old expired password... rather than forcing the user to change it. ...
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Do security questions subvert passwords?

Do security questions subvert hard to crack passwords? For example, if a site requires passwords with a certain scheme (length + required character sets) and has a security question, why would someone ...
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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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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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Password management: how an administrator should reset password for a user?

I implement simple user management. How an administrator should reset password for a user? Just provide a new password for a user (as in Active Directory)? Is it secure enough? Added Is it secure ...
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Why do banks still hack-up autocomplete=off functionality?

With Bug #1025703 in the latest Firefox 38, Mozilla has finally decided to stand up for its users instead of catering to the banks that don't want the passwords remembered. However, I've noticed ...
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Best practice for identity management methods with regards to confirming user existence

I'm working on a new site that uses asp.net identity to register users. I'm making use of email addresses as usernames and the email address has to be confirmed before the user can log in. I've been ...
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Using PGP to encrypt emailed password reset token

Even if I am careful not to lose/forget my password for some web account, other people are not and so most sites have a password reset mechanism, often being a reset token sent to the registered email ...
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Is hashing a string a secure manner for generating passwords?

I have several servers that I'm using for an online business. I have passwords for MySQL, Wordpress, SSH, FTP, Domain Provider, Paypal, and many more. I wanted to have a different, very long password ...
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Are services like “LastPass” less secure, as they have all my passwords protected by a single password?

If the LastPass service has all my passwords and someone gets access to my LastPass password, this person will have access to all my passwords. Isn't that bad for security?
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Does LastPass' multi-device functionality significantly compromise its security?

I think LastPass is a great consumer product because it allows users to conveniently utilize unique strong passwords for each site they use it with. It does encryption locally, but the fact that I can ...
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Is secure tokens send by email secure? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the reset password function of a web app, the way i'm inclined to do it is by sending a token based url to the email of the user and than the user can access and reset its ...
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Is drag-and-drop safer than using the clipboard when it comes to protecting sensitive data from keyloggers?

I noticed that multiple password-locker applications recommend that you use the drag-and-drop feature to transfer passwords to login forms instead of copying the passwords to the clipboard or having ...
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Which passwords to exclude from a password manager?

The benefits of a password manager are clear. Still, it seems that there might be a case to keep at least some passwords out of it: Your primary e-mail, to minimize the "single point of attack" ...
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Is there a use-case that renders the password manager obsolete?

Background Trevor posed a question about the nature and validity of using a password manager, given the current prevailing model of authentication on most web resources. Caveat: this is not the ...
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Security of LastPass + YubiKey

I'm looking at password manager solutions and came across LastPass. I see they also support two-factor authentication using YubiKeys. How secure is this combination for password management? What are ...
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How big should salt be?

I will be using scrypt to store passwords in my application. As such, I'll be using SHA-256 and Salsa20 crypto primitives (with PBKDF2). Having that in mind, how big salt should I use? Should it be ...