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

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How can gain root access whilst logged into a normal account?

I've set up an ubuntu computer for my sisters. There is the admin account which only I can access and there are two normal accounts. Occasionally I'm going to be called upon to install an extra ...
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Dead keyboard when entering password [duplicate]

I lost all icon from my desktop. When I use the terminal I am able to enter the commands but the keyboard goes dead when ask for my password. The only key that works is the enter key and after 3 ...
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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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Password change does not work using GUI

I have been trying to change my password now for a while, and every single time I get an error. Here's what I have tried so far: passwd in terminal - I get a message saying the password has been ...
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I have a problem with root password [duplicate]

I set my user account to auto login by mistake, so the key ring keeps popping up, but that's not the real problem, My root password seems not to be my user password I can't install apps from the ...
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Cannot login after changing password in Kubuntu via System Settings [duplicate]

I just changed my password in Kubuntu 12.04, via the Systems Settings dialog. After this I was able to "sudo su" and work on some other unrelated tasks. After restarting the computer, I can no longer ...
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Unable to change user password in Ubuntu 12.10

The User Password is not changing for some reason. In the terminal it says password updated successfully, $ sudo passwd [sudo] password for zaigham: Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX ...
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How to make Ubuntu Server 12 read keyboard input by the password line on login?

I have recently installed Ubuntu Server on my machine - successfully. However, the system does not read my keyboard input on the password on login. Is there something I did not do right? How do I go ...
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Lock screen turn off and on : Goes to a loop asking to enter password to unlock- then turns off again.

I recently updated my laptop from 12.04 to 12.10. And now, whenever I lock screen with "CTRL+ALT+L", the screen locks, and monitor turns off. But within 30 seconds, it turns on and asks for password. ...
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How to ban an IP temporarily after several incorrect password attempts?

My new server got hacked (sigh). I have physical access to my machine. It seems like the only changes made was a new user account created and a broken /etc/sudoers file. It seems as though the ...
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12.10 Login Screen Skipped, Just begins session

so ive got windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 dual booted with Windows 8 bootloader and grub timeout set to 0. When it boots i dont even see the orange logo with the orange dots (loading screen) just a blank ...
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New as new can be to this. Needed password reset. Now cant login at all

Well. I forgot the password to my laptop. So I asked a friend from work if there was anything that could be done about it. So, of course. I let him "fix" it for me. Now when I try to login. It accepts ...
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Can I change user in the Unity interface without having to type password when changing back?

First of all, let me emphasize that I am talking about my home computer that I use for personal use. I have two accounts in Ubuntu: one for me, one for my wife. We don't use separate accounts to ...
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Is it possible to create disposable password for a user account

Some time I want to give access to my computer for my Guests. How can I create a disposable password to my user account so that they have no access to my account in the future, without my permission. ...
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How do i stop Ubuntu from asking for a password to decrypt my drive on start up?

Ubuntu keeps asking for me to decrypt my drive on start up. This is expected, because I had set up full-disk encryption. How do I stop this now?
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Why Ubuntu ask me for for root password while upgrading?

I frequently upgrade the desktop of my daughter (using ubuntu 12.04.1) through the official processes,but in the latest attempt the computer is asking for a root (or super user) password. In the past ...
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How can I change a forgotten Password? [duplicate]

We've forgotten our password and cannot download and install software. We have followed the instructions in the help file using GRUB but when asked for a new UNIX password we become stuck as when we ...
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Deactivate Authentication? [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and I want to deactivate the authentication because for every action I have to type the OS password and I don't want to continue doing it anymore.
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Installation of Software Password

I want to install eclipse on my ubuntu. I entered the same password as I did for login but it rejects it. The login password is the only one I have entered. What do I do to install eclipse.
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Issue with first time login/getting to boot menu [duplicate]

Recently, I reinstalled Ubuntu as it was just, not happy. I noticed that Ubuntu had updated from 12.04 to 13.something, I can't recall. Once booting, I immediately noticed a change. In 12, it ...
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i cant remember my password [duplicate]

my computer goes on standby every 5mins and will then request for an authentication password; i cant remember setting any password. so i will have to restart the computer again before i can use it. ...
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Can I store a password in a bash script? [duplicate]

Is there some way to store (for example hashed etc.) secured password in a script that will be used during connection to server? Storing password and username as clear text in code for me is quite ...
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How do I find out what credentials I need to run a command?

Whenever I go to use my computer I always get the message "Your computer is running in low graphics mode". People have directed me to the terminal to enter a command but I don't know what my ...
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Gigolo/gnome password safety

I was proposed to save a password in gnome-shell @ 12.04 using Gigolo: Where exactly are these passwords saved and how are they encrypted?
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Migrating users from Fedora, anything to look out for?

I've migrated around 300 users from a Fedora server to Ubuntu. I copied over all the relevant entries in /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, /etc/group, and /etc/gshadow. One thing that was a bit concerning is ...
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Wireless passwords are seen by all users

Wireless passwords are seen by all users who use a Ubuntu machine. How do I prevent this?
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What to do if I can no longer become the user root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? How can I give admin permissions to my account? I have no root password and I accidentally removed the sudo privileges of ...
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Password on Keyring ubuntu 12.04

I have changed my settings to not use a password for my account. I can log in okay, but I can't perform any updates. Every time I try, it asks me for a password which I no longer have. There are two ...
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Why am I being asked for an unknown username & password during startup?

I installed an updated version of a graphic driver and then restarted the computer to complete installation. During the next startup, the plain purple Ubuntu screen was replaced by a black screen ...
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Passwordless su in a Bash script?

I've run into a dilemma while migrating a Hadoop installation from Oracle Enterprise Linux to Ubuntu. The prior developer put the following command into rc.local within OEL: su reporter -c "cd /path/...
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change Wifi key

I was trying to connect to wifi on ubuntu 12.4 when I accidentally typed in the wrong wifi key. Now I cannot seem to find how to change it. I've already tried going to the edit connections. The ...
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Why do I see a screen showing all text I typed during the session on logging out?

When I log off of Ubuntu 12.10, a screen appears shortly with all the text I typed during the session, including passwords and such. Is this supposed to happen? [update] The screen is fullscreen ...
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Graphical authentication works; why does sudo say my password is wrong?

I'm trying to install a theme, and when I enter the command sudo cp -r $HOME/Desktop/Overglossed /usr/share/themes the terminal asked for my sudo password which I entered, however I'm told my password ...
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My user password is not accepted when connecting to a wireless network

When I installed my Ubuntu 12.04, I was never asked to enter the root password, therefore I assumed it was the same with my user password. Now, when I want to connect to a wireless, my root password ...
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How to force firefox to remember passwords?

In firefox, some passwords I have cannot be saved (I'm not even asked for that), for example fab.com or battle.net How can I make Firefox remember those passwords?
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After changing password, Ubuntu won't recognize any password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? I wanted to change my password and tried to do so in the system settings, but when I clicked the button Change, the process ...
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ecryptfs-setup-private login passphrase incorrect

I'm trying to access my former home folder. When I run ecryptfs-setup-private, I am asked for my login passphrase which returns ERROR: Your login passphrase is incorrect. I have tried both, my login-...
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Server 2003 password reset HELP! [closed]

My issue arose when I was attempting to uninstall an application from my windows server 2003 box. I was constantly getting errors when trying to uninstall the software so I booted the server into safe ...
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Computer starts, ubuntu asks username and password, and then “freezes”

I've just installed the version 12.04 of ubuntu, and the installation was succesfull, then it asked me to restart computer, everything normal, but when it started again, ubuntu asked for username and ...
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User's password can not be set with passwd

I am running Ubuntu as a server, but with X-windows setup. I have SSH , Samba and RAID 5 setup. Was having trouble browsing Samba shares from my Windows 7 laptop, so I thought it might be a problem ...
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Can't key in password in Terminal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nothing shows up on the screen when I type my password I typed in the following command in terminal. "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras" I press enter and I am ...
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Why does clicking 'Shutdown' from Menu only log me off? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Shutdown” or “Restart” logs out Whenever I click 'Shutdown' from the menu it just logs me off. I have no accounts (Exept from Guest, but I keep it logged off) logged on, ...
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How to display password policy information for a user?

Ubuntu Documentation > Ubuntu 9.04 > Ubuntu Server Guide > Security > User Management states that there is a default minimum password length for Ubuntu: By default, Ubuntu requires a minimum ...
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password does not work for everything “anymore”!

I did set my password as I installed Ubuntu some months ago, and all is running flawless up to few days ago. Since then, although I did never change my password, the whole authentication is not ...
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How did all the passwords get in my login keyring?

In my Passwords and Keys application (Seahorse) I have a "login" keyring. Within that are a many keys. How did they get there? What application put them there? I use Chrome with Lastpass extension, ...
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How can I force chrome to save email passwords?

I am running Ubuntu Quantal (12.10) with Chrome (not Chromium) installed via terminal. Unfortunately, when it comes to mail automatic log in, for some reason Chrome doesn't offer to save passwords, ...
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Removing Evolution password under KDE?

I'm using Evolution mail client under KDE. I want to get rid of entering my password each time I use it. How can I do that ?
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When installing several programs in a row, some needed my password, some didn't. Why?

When I was installing several programs from the Ubuntu Software Center, I installed several of them in a row; for some, I was asked to provide my password; for others, I wasn't. When I removed them, ...
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How do I delete cached password for encrypted volume?

I am novice Ubuntu user. For laughs I encrypted an external USB drive and put a punch of secret stuff on it. It used to be that every-time I would attach the drive I would be challenged for a ...
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Save and restore nautilus server connection bookmarks

Usually I open Nautilus \ File \ Connect to server. Enter some authentication data (usually FTP). Login, go to some folder (usually public_html) and save bookmark to remote server (so later folder can ...