Questions regarding passwords and the use of them. Where and when it is needed for system security.

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What is default password?

What is the difference between default and login? And what does Default Keyring mean? When I run some applications(Emphaty etc), Unlock Keyring window launched first, then it requires me password. ...
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How can I unlock a password locked rar file without knowing the password?

I have .rar file that is password protected, but I accidentally have forgotten the password. The file extremely important to me. How can I get my file back? In windows, there was many programs that ...
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How to extract saved password from Remmina?

I don't remember my password for one of my servers. I have a working connection saved and want to get the password from it. From Remmina faq: Q: How are my passwords stored? Are they secure? ...
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Set a password, yet it logs in without one

My account is an administrator; I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS. I've set a password and set automatic login to OFF, yet when I wake up from suspension or reboot if I just press Enter or type in anything ...
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How to prevent system applications (like the Software Center) from asking for password?

I'd like Software Center, Update Manager and some other system management applications to work without asking for password (like sudo does if configured with NOPASSWD) but only asking for a ...
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How to disable all password prompts?

Anything I want to download or to perform the easiest tasks, I am prompted for my password. All though this is an excellent security feature, it is a real inconvenience. I tried sudo visudo and ...
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Why is there an inconsistency in base64 output?

I am using the java based neo4j graph database on lubuntu 15.04. The neo4j HTTP authentication header uses base64 encoding of 'username:password' (not including quotes). Using wireshark I can see ...
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ssh never ask for a password

Somehow my SSH never wants to ask me for a password. So I setup a VPS on some random server somewhere in the world and I want to connect to it with ssh. I can setup a key, but when I do this: ssh -...
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Why can't non-admin users install software?

This is probably something I don't understand since I am used to Windows and am only starting out with Ubuntu. I know that software in linux comes in packages what I don't understand is why can't non-...
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after 12.04 upgrade: can't log in although password is correct

I upgraded from 10.10 to 12.04, and now can't log in any more. The password is correct- when I type in a wrong one, I am told it's incorrect, while the correct one is seemingly accepted, but then just ...
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What is the least insecure way to store a password that is used by a script?

I have a Bash script that automatically authenticates with a service using my username and password. The credentials are currently stored as plain text within the script. What precautions should I ...
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How do I turn off all the password prompts?

I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS since release and am trying to figure out a couple things about all of these passwords and key-ring prompts that I've just been living with for a while. Ever since ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to ask me for a password at login again?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and afterwards, I accidentally set the administrator account password to empty/null. This gave me problems when trying to do administrative tasks in the GUI, so after ...
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Yubikey Two-factor Authentication Full-disk Encryption via LUKS

I recently acquired a Yubikey Neo - a nifty little hardware second factor authentication device. It's primarily intended for use with One Time Passwords, and the emerging U2F protocol - but since ...
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Unlock keyring prompts three times instead of one time

When I have "automatic login" activated, the "Unlock the Gnome Keyring" box asks for my password. But this happens three times. There are three boxes asking me for my password. In 10.04 the box ...
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How secure is KeePassX?

I have hundreds of passwords, since I use a different random one for each website/service. They are all generated & stored with KeePassX, which can be synced to different computers and my android ...
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Where is the per-user salt kept?

Where does Ubuntu keep the password salt for each user?
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How do I make Ubuntu not ask me for my password?

I'm confident that I do not need a password for my computer. How do I remove passwords for things like when the screensaver activates and installing software?
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No password asked at login screen just start session button with LightDM

When I first installed Ubuntu I choose NOT to ask me for a password at login. That was ok for that moment cause it didn't ask me any password at login. But now I want to be asked for a login password. ...
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How can I delete a mail account in Thunderbird?

I missed one letter of my user name for my mail when add an account to Thunderbird. My mail is reachable in webmail with my browser, but is unreachable in Thunderbird. How do I delete an email ...
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Xubuntu: No password request after suspension

If I suspend my Xubuntu 12.10, and then take my computer off the suspension, it doesn't request any password. I have tried adding the gnome-screensaver on autostart settings, which I read somewhere (...
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How can I clear my cached gpg password?

I've tried: the SIGHUP method --> no succes the cache timeout in gpg-agent.conf --> it seems that this file is not read, althougt I have the 'use-agent' line in gpg.conf What should I do ?
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How to discard saved password for samba share in unity?

I access samba shares from unity on Ubuntu 11.10 and saved username/pass for it. Now, I want to use a different username. Each time I go to the share and open it, it just opens without asking for ...
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What is the default root password when was never set at installation time? [duplicate]

On a standard desktop installation, I created my administrative and user login. Further with some applications, the system ask for the root password. So my question is: What will be the default ...
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Is Gnome keyring safe?

I've always read keyring like Gnome-keyring is safe way to save credentials. I don't understand it. If I open my Gnome-keyring in my Ubuntu Desktop, I can right click any entry and click show password ...
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Why does Ubuntu force users to create a password upon installation?

There's been one problem I've had since I installed Ubuntu to run alongside Windows, I assume this would also be the same if it was installed to replace the other operating system as well, the ...
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How to move wifi passwords to a new installation

I have an Acer Aspire ZG5 netbook which is currently running Jolicloud, but I've decided it isn't for me and plan to switch to Lubuntu or Xubuntu. However, I do lot of travelling and have many saved ...
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How can I protect my data when lending my computer to someone?

I'm going to lend an old PC with dual boot (Ubuntu and Win XP) to a friend for few days. Ubuntu contains a lot of data that I want to keep confidential. I have protected my session with a strong ...
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Set a different passwords for unlock and sudo [duplicate]

I am running a single-user Ubuntu install. When I enter the password to unlock my screen after suspend/timeout, it is the same password I use for sudo - my user password. Is there any way for me to ...
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How do I unlock a user account?

I've been to system settings and to User Accounts. My account is the only one on the system and I have previously been able to UnLock the screen so that I could set my account to login without ...
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Encrypting Files and folder through terminal

I am new to part of encryption on Ubuntu . Is there any way to encrypt files and folder with password from terminal ? without using truecrypt or cryptkeeper etc.
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Security risk in everyday use of an admin account (not root)?

The only thing that distinguishes my admin account from normal accounts is that my admin account is a member of the sudo group and can run sudo. Is it any less secure to use my admin account for ...
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How to reset a password from kwallet?

How to reset a password from kwallet? I've read about a kwallet GUI that could be installed from synaptic, but I found nothing. Actually, it shows a GUI asking me the password, so is must have ...
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How to prevent users from changing their password to one of the last X passwords?

I have an Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 system which I would like to set up so that the users using it cannot set a new password as one of the previous X passwords, how can this be achieved? ...
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Use one password for administration and another for system login

How can I give a user one password for normal usage when logging in, and another password for system administration and sudo access? I want one user to have two passwords.
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How to set user passwords using passwd without a prompt?

I am writing a script to add a large amount of users to a system. Part of this involves setting default passwords for each user. How can I set users' passwords without it prompting me for the password ...
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Storing passwords with python keyring

I'm using keyring library to store passwords in my python app. import keyring keyring.set_password('My namespace', username, password) keyring.get_password('My namespace', username) And this works ...
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How to avoid typing ssh-add everytime

I read and followed some online documentation on how to set up a ssh-agent so that I don't need to type in password every time I ssh to a remote machine. However, with the help of ssh-agent, I still ...
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How to make Firefox use the Gnome Keyring vault for password storage and retrieval?

With Chrome it is quite simple to use Gnome Keyring for password storage. But with Firefox 4 on ubuntu 11.04, I don't know how to achieve this. I remember that firefox 4 supposedly has OS integration ...
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Unlock all private keys on Ubuntu, entering password only once at login

I login to Ubuntu 12.04 using a password. Later on, when I use my browser(Chrome), I'm asked for a password to unlock the keychain so that the browser can access my saved credentials for various ...
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Is the lock screen secure?

I have a fully encrypted drive so I know when my laptop is turned off that nobody can access my data but what about when the screen is locked with my root password? It is often impractical to turn ...
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Can't SSH in as root

I'm using the default installation of openssh-server for my Ubuntu 14.04 server. I can connect through the console as root like normal, with my username and password. When I try to SSH with the same ...
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How to change password using usermod?

I am superadmin of a server and like to change password of an existing user . How can I do that ? I tried usermod -p 'new-password' john but it didn't worked ?
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Make the root the only one able to change the passwords of all other users

For security purpose, I want only the root to change passwords for all the other users. This will be achieved if I set /usr/bin/passwd to 700. Now, if password ageing is enabled or first login is ...
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How do I change my password?

How do I change my password for Ubuntu?
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How to make it so that a file can only be executed by root, but not as root?

There are certain applications that I don't want people to be able to open unless they have root privileges, however I do not want to give the programs root privileges. So how can I make it so that ...
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How to make Chrome/Chromium remember passwords in the gnome seahorse keyring?

Is it possible to make chrome or chromium (as that comes default in the repos) to use the Gnome seahorse as password vault? I have not found a way to do this for Firefox either, but maybe a solution ...
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What hash algorithm is used for passwords stored in shadow in 11.10?

I'm a little bit confused if it's MD5 or SHA.
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Why does ubuntu 13.10 keep asking for my gmail password?

After upgrading to 13.10, I am now getting a prompt for my gmail password every time I log in. There is no indication as to which service or application needs this information. If I enter the correct ...
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Administrator account with no password is unusable

I tried removing my administrator account's password. Now that there is no password set for it, I cannot put a new one nor do any actions which needs administrator privileges. I tried different fixes ...