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

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How can I create a service that automatically logs onto a third-party service without storing credentials in plain text?

I know that storing log-in credentials in plain text is one of the cardinal no-nos of security, but I'm working on something where I can't think of any other solution. My service connects to a user's ...
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If using a different password for every application is considered good practice, why is using a directory so widespread?

The title pretty much sums it all. We are always told that we should use a different password for every site and application, so that if one of those accounts is compromised, the others will still be ...
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All UTF-8 characters for generated passwords

Why do a lot of password generators don't generate strong passwords including chinese, arabian...-characters? All generators I saw, also the included one in my password manager keepass, just output ...
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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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Could Mental Cryptography(?) be useful to ordinary users?

I recently read about 'Mental cryptography' or 'Metal hash' process from this post: Mental cryptography and good passwords (via this message board ...
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How Empathy - a messaging program, is storing my passwords

I am connected to my chat accounts via Empathy, a messaging program, and it has my password stored in it. I am really curious to know how it is storing the passwords, and if there is any they can ...
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How to limit the need to type a long master passphrase to only once per login session?

I want to set up a password management system on a home machine running Debian, and for this I'm considering only non-proprietary, open source password-managers available through Debian1. I'd like to ...
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ISO and Password Security

I have to go through background check. The company providing the service to the client is called Verifications, Inc. Verifications, Inc claims to have a data security plan, ISO certification and US ...
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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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How do you manage credentials to multiple remote systems?

We are a vendor that provides software to the healthcare industry, and our application is locally hosted on customer infrastructure. As such, we are provided with VPN access in order to be able to ...
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What are the security risks associated with storing passwords on the internet?

With products such as LastPass that store encrypted passwords on remote servers, what are the associated risks that aren't applicable to locally stored and encrypted passwords? If something is ...
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Security implications of setting the same password on private key and PKCS12/JKS?

Are there any negative security implications of setting the private key password (DSA in this case) as a PKCS12 (and then JKS) export password (instead of generating/inventing a new one)? My use case ...
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storing username/email and password with a hash of the hash of the email/password? [duplicate]

Quite the simple discussion this one (one would assume): If I'd hash the email and password, and then hash the hashes, whould this be considered safe enough or would this just be a waste considering ...
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How does IIS persist identity credentials? Does it create any security issues?

We want to implement a feature similar to IIS in how it remembers user configured usernames and passwords. As I understand it, when you configure IIS to use a set of credentials for an app pool ...
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How to keep website passwords safe among employees? [duplicate]

We're a website developer agency, and most of our websites are made using in Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal as a CMS. I'm having trouble to decide how we should manage our passwords, and I'm open for ...
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Securely tell the user his password in new WHM/Cpanel account creation?

I understand it's not safe to send passwords via email but when accounts are created via WHM/Cpanel, I have to let the user know what password I created for them. How can I relay the password safely?
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Should I mount my mac Truecrypt Volume elsewhere?

I've read in various places to not mount your truecrypt volume in the same place as your Dropbox or Sugarsync folder. I believe this only matter for Mac/Linux, but I need some verification. On a Mac, ...
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Can accounts still be logged onto if Password Caching is not enabled?

This is kind of an extension of my other question.. If you were not storing any of the passwords locally (caching disabled), would a user some how still be able to circumvent around this security ...
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Designing a password auth/reg system

I'm designing a user reg/auth system for a website and came up with this design for password based authentication. I'd like to know if this is reasonable. (ignoring cookies for caching credentials, ...
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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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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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Are there best practices concerning application account credentials?

I am looking for best practices concerning application account credentials. For example, suppose I got a corporate application which uses an Active Directory application user account to communicate ...
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Easy to use, simple, secure password storage method? [closed]

I wish to reduce the barrier of entry to a more secure method of generating/storing passwords. The main stumbling block for anyone I have spoken to, or tried to convince to switch to a password ...
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Site allows both Partial and Complete password authentication; do they have my password in plain text? [duplicate]

My bank provides online banking facility like most of the banks these days. On the web they have Partial Password Authentication. Although I don't really believe in PPA providing extra security but ...
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Implementing password-reset in a web application by authtoken over email

I think I have a basic understanding of security concerns, but I feel like if I don't know everything, I'm going to implement lousy solutions. Below is my current strategy; Have I overlooked obvious ...
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How do I migrate users with shared email addresses to an email-based forgotten password process?

I'm migrating users from custom application-level authentication security (built into the app, using username as the unique identifier) to security as a service (using ThinkTecture's Identity Server ...
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Automatic vs Manual

When it comes to technologies that directly affect information security, how do you determine when it is better to use an automatic option instead of a manual option, and vice versa? I already feel ...
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how to use hash passwords to retrieve keys from keystore or access database

How do I hash the password for a keystore? How do I then use the hash to retrieve something from keystore? Similarly, how do I use a hashed password for accessing the database? I have encrypted the ...
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Is it safe to back up passwords to the “cloud”

I have a small Truecrypt volume that contains just my password data (using Bruce Schneier's Password Safe application). I'd like an offsite, secure, backup of that Truecrypt volume. Currently, I am ...
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Is checking against password lists a good way to enforce a secure password policy and possibly detect dictionary attacks on a web-based app?

I have written a script to check a given password against a ~65 million long list of passwords collated from various lists released after hacking attempts. I am thinking about incorporating it into ...
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Is it a good idea to give users an additional password that they do not control?

It's a given that users will choose bad passwords. Why not help them out? Using a securely-random choice from a large dictionary, choose one or two words and tell the user to write them down. When ...
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Which is best DPAPI or HSM?

Can you please explain what's is the main difference between for this both DPAPI and HSM? As far as I understand both protecting the data, the way of protection is difference HSM is physical device ...
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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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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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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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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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password storage and user authentication [duplicate]

I was going through (https://crackstation.net/hashing-security.htm) about doing password hashing / storage the right way. I understood most of it but i still have some questions and doubts which are ...
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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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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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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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Is there an extension/command line for OSX Chromium to save website passwords in LOCALSTORAGE instead of the system's keychain?

My situation: I want to use a portable-app implementation of Chromium running on a removable drive, so I never leave any passwords stored on the kaychain of any computer I use. Portable Chromium is ...
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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How to add user entries with password field in LDAP over HTTPS

I am new to this kind of stuff (HTTPS etc.) and pretty much confused on how to go ahead with this. An LDAP server (ApacheDS) at the back-end stores the user details. To add new users, the user ...
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Is storing passwords associated with system processes and binaries in an encoded format acceptable?

When a system must go from a powered down state to a fully operational state without any human intervention it therefore needs access to usable authentication credentials unattended. The system must ...
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Digital signature based authentication schema using two passwords

I'm working on an authentication system for a web based Bitcoin-related service. As part of the service, users do some less sensitive operations (mostly reading and sending various types of ...
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How does an attacker authenticate to a service using just the hash of the user (after performing a pth attack)

Let's say the attacker got the username and the password's hash. How can he use it when authenticating to some service in its domain with NTLM , for example? How can he send the request as the ...
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How secure is a Python Pyro daemon for storing a password?

I am using the Pyro package to create a daemon which will, upon startup, prompt for a password, and then the daemon will store that password as long as it is running. Other scripts will then make a ...
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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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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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Is my domain registrar storing my password in cleartext? [closed]

I called my domain registrar (unnamed here but not difficult to find out and a major provider) about a year ago to have them change some DNS settings. While on the phone, the customer service rep had ...