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

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Is there a way to lock my browser with a password?

It would be OK if it was only with my login password, but I would like to lock both midori and Firefox so that they cannot be used without entering a password. I'm running 12.04.
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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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Why am I not asked for password at startup?

I have Xubuntu 11.10. When I log out and in (without restarting the computer) I am always required to chose a session and provide a password for entering that session. But when I restart the ...
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Change password on root user and user account

Just want to ask, if i change the password on the root user, is that going to automatically change the password to on the user account? i found this link to change the root user ...
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How stop Ubuntu from reading my password out loud every time I log on?

I turned on a certain feature on the login screen and now my password is read out loud when I type it on login. What did I turn on, and how do I turn this back off?
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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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Which is the easiest way to reset the mysql root password?

In the past there has been sudo /etc/init.d/mysql reset-password, (1) is manually restarting and setting the password with an sql command again required? (2) (1) ...
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What is my user login password?

Just got a new netbook running Ubuntu. When I turn it on it auto-logs-in to the desktop automatically, but when I try to connect to the wireless network it wants my Keyring password to store the ...
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Cannot unlock session if user has no password

I created an account with no password for my 3 year old child. After some time of inactivity on that account, the session locks. Then I cannot unlock the session. Trying to unlock with an empty ...
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Installed perfectly but password not working for login or authentication

I installed Ubuntu on an old XP machine (replaced XP with Ubuntu) and it seemed like it went well... Until I tried to download and install the suggested updates! The password I set during ...
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How to add a Password to User Account if previously it set to “Log In Without Password”

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and some time ago I opened User Accounts with Administrator Privilage and I made change as "LOG IN WITHOUT PASSWORD" and now I want to add a password to My User Account. But I ...
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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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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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Password field of login screen is disabled

I'm using ubuntu 14.04, here in the 'login screen' the password field is disabled, this issue also occurs sometimes during 'lock screen'. I don't want to remove password from my account nor do i want ...
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How to add the GRUB password protection to the OS load process instead of when editing boot options

This is the current content of my grub.conf file. # grub.conf generated by anaconda # # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file # NOTICE: You have a /boot ...
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“System problem detected” password fail [closed]

I have multiple Ubuntu Precise servers and workstations, all of which suffer from the same really infuriating problem: when the "System Problem Detected" dialog comes up due to something or other ...
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How to disable password on Hibernate/Suspend?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 and on suspend/hibernate I am asked for password. I couldn't find apps > gnome-power-manager > lock in gconf-editor. What's the solution for this?
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First password often wrong when unlocking computer

I have a laptop with Ubuntu 14.04, when I lock my computer and try to unlock it after some time has passed (not if I do it immediately) the first time I try to unlock it, it will tell me that my ...
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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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Any reason to have a strong user password?

I recently decided to change my (very) strong user password to something trivial. This was mostly to eliminate frustration with typing a long password each time I sudo or whatever. My question is, ...
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Set password aging for a group of users

With chage command we can change password expiry information for a user. Is there anyway to enforce password aging for a group of users?
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How to specify in password input dialog the language always to be English?

In Gnome I often enter sudo password when Russian language is being selected. It's so annoying to wait for password verification fail, to switch to English and retype the password! Is there a way to ...
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After Login there is a strange window asking for a password

since upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04, I get a window asking for a password for my email address. The window appears after logging into the desktop. The window is titled "Zugangsanfrage" (access request) ...
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password on resume

I would like to not have to enter my password on resume after closing the lid on my laptop. I used to be able to do this but can't find the option anywhere anymore. all the notes I have found say go ...
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Password problem after creating a new user

I created a new user account and when I try to login to that account by switching accounts it said wrong password. I searched here and found my answer here - Create a new user in 12.04? Now when I ...
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Precautions during SSH [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I audit users and access attempts to SSH on my server? I recently had to give away my Ubuntu 12.10 root password to one of my friends so that he could SSH into ...
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How can I change the password of Deja-dup (Backup)?

How can I change the encrypted password of Deja-dup (Backup)? I have set the encrypted password, it worked in the first two days, but now every time the backup starts it asks for the password I type ...
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How do I allow a group (except one user in that group) to use sudo without a password?

How do I allow an entire group, except a certain user in that group, to use sudo without providing password?
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How to prevent wireless network asking password when briefly out of range

When I'm connected to a wireless network from quite far away I sometimes briefly lose the connection. Then Network Manager prompts me to re-confirm the password as if it suspected that was the problem ...
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Is there a way to set the MAAS password via a preseed?

As has been asked before (here and here) I need to set a password during commissioning for my nodes. I realize that ssh keys are set (and I have one) but I need to log in to the node directly as ...
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MD5 hashing with salt length of 5

I'm newbie in Ubuntu and currently using it for assignment. I've checked my encrypted password at /etc/shadow folder and found that my encrypted password using MD5 encryption, but my problem is the ...
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Multiple Passwords on One Account

I'd like to join three ideas into one interesting and sometimes useful feature. There was a question about using multiple passwords earlier this year, but it didn't receive much attention. I'd like to ...
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How to change/create password keyring

when I try to remote desktop to the server from another ubuntu machine using the remote desktop viewer, it asks me to enter the password, which I do, then the viewer pane just goes black. When I come ...
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mysql-workbench and Gnome keyring daemon problem

when launching mysql-workbench I have the following warning: [12:13:49] coil@coil:~$ sudo mysql-workbench & [12:14:03] coil@coil:~$ ** Message: Gnome keyring daemon seems to not be available. ...
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why doesnt ubuntu 13.04 prompt me for a password after suspend?

I am on 13.04 and waking from suspend takes me straight to desktop without a password prompt even though it is set to ask for a password in the brightness and lock settings. Also I recently tried to ...
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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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Why does the terminal not hold my root password for sudo? [duplicate]

I stopped using Ubuntu for a while (since 12.10) and recently came back to it. From what I remember, it used to only ask for the root password once for a terminal session (for sudo commands). Now it ...
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Standards accounts are able to get root access using sudo without password request

I have installed a particular software using the installer present using the command sudo ./install.sh. After the installation now all the accounts on my ubuntu laptop can gain root access by ...
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MySQL Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'

In my server, everytime I try to access MySQL I get the error: Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO) when I try mysqladmin -u root -p password I get Access ...
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How do I crate a virtual ftp user with preseted password using ftpasswd and bash

Hello command line gurus, I've created an ftp user like this: ftpasswd --passwd --name webftp --uid 33 --home /var/www --shell /bin/false What I like to do is to create the same user with a ...
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Unable to save connection remmina RDP

I have been using windows remote desktop from remmina, what i feel so awkward is I don't see the save password button enabled, I need to frequently use my remote connection, and don't like entering ...
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Enable/Disable Passwordless Login/Autologin Via GUI/Command Line

Before I ask the question, would someone please help stipulate the Ubuntu definition for these two seemingly identical but different terms (I've given drafts.): Autologin - When you power up the ...
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How do I approve specific computers to ssh into a machine with password authentication disabled?

The instructions in help.ubuntu.com/community/SSH/OpenSSH/Configuring recommend disabling password authentication so that "it will only be possible to connect from computers you have specifically ...
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How to make Ubuntu remember forever the password after the first time

Is it possible to make Ubuntu remember the password for any program after the first time it asks. I get asked for the password for Synaptic, for making a usb bootable, for connecting to the wifi ...
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How to get sudo to prompt you for a password each time

I find that if I execute something using sudo that then if I execute something else soon after also using sudo, that it does not prompt me for my password, and although this can be inconvenient in ...
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How can I batch decrypt a series of PDF files?

I have a bunch of PDF documents I know the password for and would like to decrypt them. How can I achieve this?
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Disable locking the screen after resuming from suspend

One thing I like for MacBooks is that they are usable within a second after opening their lid when they were on stand by. Ubuntu always requires me to enter my password when I resume from suspend, ...
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Software Center doesn't prompt for password

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10. The software center was asking me for password when I wanted to install/remove any application. Since last week, it doesn't prompt for password. Also, I have the same problem ...
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Wireless password not protected

This might be a security issue. In Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04... under -network connections/edit wi-fi/wi-fi security - my wireless password is shown and it can be seen by anyone who can access my ...
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New admin account asking for a password?

I've made new admin account. I did not set a password for that account and it now asks me for the password. Since I can access the account as it automatically logs on when the laptop is turned on, can ...