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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How does nirsoft PassView work? [on hold]

I was going through some password cracking tutorials, and came across a password recovery tool named PassView from nirsoft. apparently It can recover passwords stored in mail clients, web browsers etc....
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Password hashing algorithms suitable for IoT devices?

What password hashing algorithms and other cryptographic hashes (e.g. scrypt, bcrypt, PBKDF2, MD5, SHA-256) are suitable for resource-constrained IoT devices for the consumer-oriented smart home ...
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Banking app logon - multiple fingerprints on a device vs 2 passwords known by 1 person

Yesterday I logged on to my banking app via my iPhone. The normal procedure was to enter information that consisted of: The answer to a security question. This had to be entered in full and was the ...
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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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Why is unistd's getpass unsafe?

While reading about how to properly ask a user for a password in CLIs, this SO answer and this SSE answer recommend the usage of unistd's getpass. However, this function is being documented as ...
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What's the safest way to inform a new user of their password on an invite-only website?

I'm developing a web site where people will have accounts. However, unlike most web sites, user do not register, rather they are invited by the site admins. The site admins will create a new user ...
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Are character passwords on my iPad needed?

I have a 20 character password on my iPad. I've been wondering, do I REALLY need it to be that long? Should I switch to a 6 or even 4 digit numeral password? Or should I just shorten my password? ...
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Is it secure to store a cryptographic key in a class member variable?

Consider an application that runs locally on a Windows PC. The application uses a local folder for reading/storing encrypted data (i.e. images). A user logs in (authenticated from a local encrypted DB)...
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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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How can a company tell if my password is similar to the previous 5 passwords?

Closely related (but not a duplicate): Company can tell if new and old passwords are too similar. Is there a security problem? Also closely related (but not a duplicate): How can a system enforce a ...
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Store passwords in a text file… is it really much worse than a password manager?

My idea: Storing my passwords in a text file kept on Dropbox and accessed through a python script to quickly retrieve the password for the site I want to access. My motives: I want to be platform-...
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SSLVPN client saving encrypted password in local xml file, is that secure?

Simply copy the specific xml file to another client's correspond path, I can login to the remote network automatically. If that is a vulnerability, what severity rate will you give to it? High, medium,...
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For cloud-based password managers, is it safe to login using public WiFi?

For cloud-based password managers, is it safe to login when using public WiFi? To help get good answers to this question, let's define 3 terms: Cloud-based password managers = Password managers such ...
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Is it advisable to create a system that stores passwords?

Please bear with me, I'm a total newbie about security. I work in a company whose main goal is to maximize profits and use free stuff as much as possible. It's effect is that we use tons of freeware ...
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What security benefit does 2FA provide a password manager?

It's no secret that many popular password managers (1Password, Dashlane, LastPass, KeePass, and many others) support some form of two-factor authentication. This is often implemented via TOTP or other ...
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Setting passwords for domain users, not expiring them, and not allowing them to be changed by users

We are in a mid-sized enterprise environment and are looking at forcing specific passwords for all users. I've found nothing recent or relevant about this. Justification: The main reason is to ...
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Can my open Firefox Sync session be used to circumvent a Master Password?

In short I'm wondering what's stopping someone with access to my computer account to exploit an open Firefox Sync session to view my synced passwords, even if a Master Password has been set. On this ...
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Does password expiry provide any benefit at all (when using randomly generated passwords)?

I have been seeing a shift in password policy, this has been going on for a while (Article from 2017) but I have only just picked up on this. In my organization we expire the user passwords every 90 ...
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Browser passwords used on multiple domains?

I have 100 domains with authentication backed by the same LDAP database. There is a single-sign on, but it's not implemented with OAuth. That is to say, per user, each domain accepts the same user/...
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Security concerns around sharing secret on a website

I need to share credentials with users. These credentials are created when the user wants them, but cannot be chosen by the user specifically (AAD credentials). I want to share the same with the user ...
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What are some secure methods to share pre-created password? [duplicate]

I am working on something that requires me to create and share AAD(Azure Active Directory) credentials with clients. To give some context, Azure automatically creates a secret and then that secret has ...
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How secure is pgAdmin to save database password?

When we are creating a new connection with pgAdmin, we are presented with an option to save the password into our computer, so we won't have to retype it every time we want to connect with the ...
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Password storage which avoids privileged insider attack

What are the standard password authentication protocols in client-server setting where authentication happens at the remote server? Is there any password/pin verification protocol which reveals zero ...
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Authenticated scan strategy for large enterprise network

I have been tasked with using Qualys Vulnerability Scanner in order to perform scans within a large enterprise network. Within this network there are Windows machines and Linux machines. CyberArk has ...
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Do ciphers and encoding schemes make passwords more secure?

I recently came across a tech professional advising a user to take some plaintext of their choice, run it through one of these ciphers, convert it to Base64, and then use the result as their master ...
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Best practices for sharing or managing passwords between teams

Consider this scenario. A small company with several small teams (2-3 members). Each team manages their own passwords for their systems. Now, in the case when the whole team perishes in an accident, ...
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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 to keep track of passwords and avoiding password-reuse

I have lurked for a time on security websites and similar. I came to wonder, with the number of passwords we have (or websites that need a password) how to manage this. Since I have well over 400 ...
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Rememberable Password Formula [duplicate]

I was reading the comments under this answer and saw this comment Your answer to the question is basically to use a password formula, and there is already an answer that covers that option. Your ...
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Is there a good way to store credentials outside of a password manager?

A lot of the users in my company are using their agendas to write down their password and usernames, or Excel sheets with a protected password. I'm hesitant to install software for password management ...