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Questions tagged [password-management]

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

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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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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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How should we apply the salt to the password? [duplicate]

According to Wikipedia: A rainbow table is ineffective against one-way hashes that include large salts. For example, consider a password hash that is generated using the following function (where "|...
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Is encrypting the FireFox folder with EFS protecting saved passwords in case of someone accessing the hard drive?

What I want to do: Use the "save password" feature in FireFox (on Windows 10) without using FireFox's master password feature. What I'm afraid of: Someone stealing my laptop or getting access to my ...
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Should I back up automatic strong passwords of iCloud?

I’ve recently started to use iCloud’s automatic strong passwords. I feel like that if iCloud were down for some reason, the passwords would be lost. Considering it, should I back them up on other ...
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How to store passwords securely in my server?

Disclaimer: I know I should use bcrypt to securely store user's passwords. Please, keep reading. I want to store credentials for several email services for each user. So if I log in with my username ...
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password managers and FIDO

I've just been reading some posts about FIDO support (or the lack thereof) in password managers and want to check whether my understanding is correct. My understanding of FIDO (v1) is that the device ...
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Can an employee be sued for gross negligence by reusing personal passwords at work? [migrated]

An employee is using some easy guessable reused passwords well known to Have I Been Pwned. OUCH. Something bad happens. Can an employee be sued? Option A: An organization does not have password ...
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Is there any security concern if I kept password hash on client side?

I have a mobile application that needs to be able to work when the phone is offline. In order to prevent misuse by others when they have a short physical access to the phone the requirement is to ...
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Security concept for password management

At the moment, I am struggling on a question to which I have not found a good answer so far. I wan't to create a password manager, which will be used by a lot of people. Used languages: PHP / ...
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Alternative to sending password over mail?

Recently I've started working as a contractor for a company, which requires me to often log in to different b2b services. The way I receive the login data is usually over email in plain text. My gut ...
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How strong is a password consisting of words arbitrarily chosen from the dictionary?

Diceware wants us to actually randomly pick n words from a given set of m=65 words. Assume a user does not actually use a dice. Instead they take a physical dictionary of m words and "randomly" picks ...
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Best practices to manage password for embedded Linux devices

Should we generate a strong password offline, keep it closely guarded secret, and use the same one across all copies of the device? The boot drive is eMMC flash soldered on the PCB, hard to read ...
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Should I use FileZilla?

Recently, an increasing number of people have started advising moving away from FileZilla. However, the only reason I can see for this is that FileZilla stores the connection information in a ...
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Is Argon2 secure to use? [duplicate]

Now that it's been 5 years since Argon2 has been released, is Argon2 secure for public use? (E.g. normal password hashing) Also, what are the secure parameters for Argon2?
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Safest place for small business to store passwords

Where is the safest place for a small business to store its passwords for servers, web domain credentials, etc.?
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Why is Sojdlg123aljg a common password?

I was going through the list of top 100K passwords and found Sojdlg123aljg near the top of the list. Does anyone have any idea why this is such a common password?
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What advantages do Secret Managers offer in terms of authentication [API usage]?

The problem I am seeing with secret managers (programs which serve as a store of secrets for other programs/APIs) is that at some level, a key or credentials must still be provided programmatically, ...
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Is a Whirlpool hash with random salt secure enough?

I copied the title from another question, but it wasn't answered there and my case is a bit different. I have inherited an old website to maintain. I noticed that the password hashing is not up to ...
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iCloud Security Concern: browser session authentication storage after 2-factor?

Does anyone know how Safari or Chrome stores a www.icloud.com session authentication after logging in and passing 2-factor authentication? Is it stored in an encrypted cookie? My concern is, if ...
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Storing the master password in a keychain

I tend to avoid putting my master keychain password in the keychain itself (in OSX, for example), but sometimes with federation of accounts and things, it would be convenient to do so. Am I right to ...
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Is using AES secure for password managers?

I'm developing an application that automates processes. The user connects to many accounts that the application uses then passwords are encrypted using AES. An example algorithm looks like this: ...
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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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Does word store my passwords in plaintext? [closed]

I have a document which I wrote my passwords in and saved it to my disk, and I have been hearing a lot about programs storing passwords in plaintext Did word store my password I saved in plaintext??? ...
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Password generator and password limitations

I would like suggestions for a good strategy for dealing with web sites that have arcane rules about what must or must not appear in a password. My ideal are the sites that allow a good range of ...
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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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How secure is KeePass KDBX4 by default?

How secure is KeePass KDBX4 by default if someone obtain the .kdbx file and attempt to brute-force it without knowing any hint of the master password? With assumption : The password length is equal/...
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Firefox bug permits stealing encrypted passwords: How is this possible?

It's my understanding that passwords I save in Firefox's Password Manager are encrypted and that setting a Master Password encrypts the encryption key used in this process. The Google hit for "Does ...
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I want to deploy from GitLab to AWS - so where exactly do I store my private key?

This seems like an odd and simple question, but I'm trying to get my head around the principle of "never check a private key into version control". I'm trying to build a startup of sorts, where ...
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Should a browser make its own password manager? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if products such as Firefox's Lockwise are a superb idea or a terrible one. On the one hand, installing a third-party addon to your browser comes with inherent risks, so ...
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Delete saved login credentials username and password

Scenario: Alice uses my website on her own computer and sometimes also on a computer that Mallory also has access to. Alice likes using the password manager built in to the browser. She is aware that ...
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How do I convince others of the importance of password management?

I just got married, and my wife and I are in the midst of combining finances, etc. We set up a joint bank account and the first thing I do during the account setup phase is generate a 16-character ...
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System Encryption With Veracrypt/Truecrypt- What is the difference between Wipe Mode “None” and 3 pass, 1 pass etc?

First I wanted to make sure we're talking about using a Non-SSD Hard drive. I know SSD drives work differently. Here would be a good reference/guide on system encryption: https://www.howtogeek.com/...
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Password management for kids - what's a good way to start?

Consider a young (primary-school age) child who is starting to collect passwords for online services. How can a parent (or equivalent) help them manage their passwords? An example to make things ...
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What are the cons of stateless password generators?

Does anybody have hands-on experience with stateless password generators (managers) like Getpass? It seems like it does most of the work of cloud password managers, but leans more to the security ...
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Forgot password best practice for mobile applications

There are known good practices for password reset functionality from OWASP and other resources. On the other hand, I believe most of us agree that security questions are not user friendly, they either ...
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How can I be sure Lastpass really can't access my passwords?

The recent, widely publicized security incident where millions of Linkedin were exposed reminded me to tighten up my password practices. I'm looking at several password managers now and I'm especially ...
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Would Hashing a Decryption Key Significantly Lower Security? [duplicate]

I'm using the Haskell Codec.Crypto.SimpleAES package to create a crude password manager. The password manager seems secure but it's unable to warn the user when the decryption key is invalid. If a ...
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How can I trust the data integrity of LastPass [duplicate]

So I recently downloaded LastPass and I'm beginning to wonder how they can ensure that my information is kept secure. Is anyone aware of what kind of encryption algorithm they use or how they ensure ...
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Does Azure Key-Vault encrypt the values before storing?

We are using key-vault for storing the secrets, will it give any added advantage if we encrypt the values before storing it in key-vault?
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Should a password generator validate its output against a dictionary?

If I were to design a password generator, is it best to leave it truly random or validate its output to avoid certain passwords? For example if my password generator was truly random, it's possible ...
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Apple Keychain Security Risk Assessment

What security measures has Apple taken to minimize security risk with respect to the Apple Keychain password manager? I enjoy the capability of the password management across macOS and iOS devices, ...
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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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Is Firefox Password Manager less secure than LastPass?

After installing the LastPass password manager, I am presented with a login dialog including the option to "Disable Insecure Firefox Password Manager". (This option appears as long as the Firefox ...
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Having web client do requests with User's 3rd party API key?

I am trying to figure out the best way to do this. I have done some searching and all I have found is about storing API keys in a back end, nothing like my use-case where there is no back end. ...
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Opera browser: no master password?

I've recently moved from Firefox to Opera (for performance issues). I used to protect my passwords in Firefox with a Master Password. But Opera, so it appears, lacks such feature. I use Debian 9.7 ...
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Does knowledge of one or more passwords from my password manager help an attacker crack the master password?

I use a keepass password manager with a master password of more than 100 bits. I keep the password file in cloud storage. If an attacker has my password file, it should be difficult for them to ...
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DB Service accounts: is it possible to avoid storing a password somewhere

Is it possible to avoid having to store DB passwords applications/service accounts needing access to the DB? I would like to avoid the risk of a system admin obtaining the password and then accessing ...
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How do I check that users don't write down their passwords?

I have a password policy which states that users must not write and store their passwords down in plaintext. How can I ensure that they haven't done so by writing their password in emails, scripts, ...
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Virgin air-gapped devices and password management [closed]

For password management: "Practical" means it works in practice, and "secure" means protected against compromise and actually works. How do we get the highest P + S value? I am convinced that all ...