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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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 ...
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Secure Web application Password vault/manager [duplicate]

I would like to build an open source online password vault which allows users to securely store their passwords, like Keepass or roboform, but where a user can access their passwords through a ...
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Is there a way to find out how long it takes John the Ripper to crack a particular password?

I am looking to test/demonstrate things like: when the supplied wordlist contains "abc123" and pw="abc123" then John cracks the pw in 1/2 a second... but if word list does not contain "abc123" John ...
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If multi factor authentication is enabled, how should that affect self-service password reset?

Given that security is only as secure as its weakest link, suppose I have website with additional authentication enabled in any of these ways: (example, multiple conditions may be required) ...
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When changing a password using a WebPage, must the old password be entered on the same screen?

There is a convention to always prompt for the old password on the same page as the one where the old password is being changed as shown below. Is it acceptable from a security perspective to allow a ...
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Salted hashes vs HMAC?

Most of discussions involving access credentials include references to "hashing salted passwords". Is this another way to referring to the HMAC algorithm or a totally different operation? Different or ...
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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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Can my ISP know my passwords

If I am using some proxy service, proxy service provider can know my passwords to my online accounts. In which case my ISP can filter my requests and get my passwords to my online accounts? And how ...
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Best practice for storing credential in data center

I have a cache warming script I want to start in response to a certain server-side event. That script needs user credentials to perform its job (read-only account). So far I have avoided automating ...
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Methods for remembering passwords around the web

What's the least painful way to manage passwords for user accounts that you have on various sites? I see only 3 options: Password manager. Passwords can be different and strong, but the downside is ...
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Idea feedback wanted - easy and secure web notes manager (javascript) [closed]

I have an idea for a web app that I'd like to discuss. I like it a lot but chances are that I missed some evident security hole. Or, maybe it just sucks. The idea is a web-based secure text notes ...
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passwords database - access control and/or synchronization

so, we've got a ton of passwords that several different administrators need to have access to, each with their unique password/key/user/whatever... it needs to be either centralized, or the passwords ...
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Looking for password manager in company

I was looking for solution everywhere, but maybe because lack of specialized words I can't find it. I've got a problem in finding a program, but I don't know how to describe it in one word so I'll ...
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Portable KeePass and TrueCrypt

I ran some advice on the nets: Don't reuse your passwords. Make sure all the passwords you use are different. Use a password manager. An example is "Keepass". Set the master password to something ...
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What are RealVNC 5.0 Authentication Protocol Security Limitations?

In the old version of RealVNC, the password length was limited to 8 characters which was easier to be cracked. They have now increased the password length by 255 characters, will this make Realvnc ...
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Is the date that a password was last changed useful to an attacker?

Obviously I want my application's users to change their passwords on some semi-regular basis (in fact a few of our apps must be UL-approved, and they require a system to enforce changing passwords ...
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Are we concentrating too much on password complexity?

As a developer and/or user, do I really need to worry about password strength if the system does not allow brute force attack to be feasible (implements a delay or attempt counter) or implements a ...
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Reversible, recoverable user data encryption scheme

From this earlier question, I have a general need to obfuscate a set of third-party credentials stored in a user account, which are then used in an internal Winforms software client. The scheme from ...
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Password Manager - id_rsa as key file

I am finally taking the plunge and employing the use of a password manager. After some research I have selected KeePassX. My plan is to replace all my web passwords with random 16 character strings. ...
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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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Storing account credentials for spouse/loved one?

Just in case something ever "happens" to me... What are some best practices for sharing various account information (bank, email, etc.) with spouses/loved ones in a way that is safe but also not ...
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WinZip encrypted file vs password protected file

How are password protected files and WinZip encrypted files different ? For example - if i have a excel file to be sent. Option 1 - I can send it as a password protected file. Option 2 - Encrypt it ...
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Why do we ask for a user's existing password when changing their password?

In a web applications context, when a user wants to change their current password, generally they would have to enter their current password first. However at this point, the user has already been ...
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Throttling failed login attempts: exponential timeout? by IP? using a session cookie? captcha?

I'm beginning to think this is not as simple as it looks, and many "accepted" answers here and in SO have alternative answers that criticize them. Here is what I have gathered so far Most of what I ...
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Reset password - should I prevent abusing it?

My assumption is that resetting password is only a security issue if an attacker gained access to the user's email. But I was wondering, what if someone simply abuses it (e.g. sends a "reset ...
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Webmail host knows my password

I forgot the password to a webmail account and they didn't have an automated password recovery process. So I had to chat with their support and they asked a few verification questions then proceeded ...
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uninstall and reinstall after hacking [closed]

My computer has been hacked. If I uninstall and reinstall do I loose my files? The facebook tech tried to sell me a number of pkgs ranged $149-$299 and told me that my account was hacked as was my ...
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How do you log in from an unsecured computer?

Suppose that you are on a cybercafe, at a friend's home or at your work office, and you need to log in on a site, but you feel that the the computer can not be trusted (e.g. your friend isn't ...
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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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Reversible password storage obfuscation method for third-party login credentials

I have an internal business application, that as part of its functionality connects to a third-party app using login credentials specific to the user of my own app. These passwords are stored in a ...
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Should I use a Firefox master password or NTFS encrypt my profile?

As a follow-up to another question, is the encryption via Firefox' master password more secure than simply NTFS encrypting the profile folder? I.e. is there a convincing reason to add the ...
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How can I avoid putting the database password in a perl script?

I have a cronned perl script that connects to our database and does various kinds of lookups and integrity checks. The original script was written by someone long ago. My job is to make some changes ...
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Storing password in Java application

What is best secure way to store passwords in Java web application? I am not talking about password to the DB, so it must be stored in de-cryptable way. It’s cloud environment and I need to protect ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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How does KeePass master key derivation increase security?

I don't understand how KeePass key derivation increases the security of the password db at all. First I'll try to explain what I understood from the key derivation described here. I'll use some pseudo ...
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Is TrueCrypt safe enough to store clear-text-passwords?

The reason: I want to be able to use a portable USB drive to access my passwords on any machine and OS. TrueCrypt seems to be the only program that has sufficient support on all major platforms. So I ...
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Requiring regular password change but storing previous paswords?

My bank requires me to change my password regularly but then they can detect if my password was used before. They probably store the old password (possibly hashed) in order to detect it. I think this ...
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Hash function change

I have user account passwords stored in a database using an unsafe (old) cryptographic hash function. What is the best/usual approach to changing password hash function? Only two ideas come to my ...
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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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How to make an outbound request to users to update their passwords?

Clearly it works best if the request to update a password happens as a response to an inbound request to access a known system, but how do you make an outbound request to users to update their ...
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Why do some large companies still store passwords in plain text/decrypt-able format? [closed]

In the last couple of weeks I've come across two fairly large companies who seem to not have stringent password security: Tesco - they store passwords in an "encrypted" format, yet they can decrypt ...