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

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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 ...
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Wifi only accepts passwords of 5 or 13 characters

Installed Ubuntu 13.04 and when attempting to connecting to a home wifi network, the connect button is only click-able with passwords of 5 or 13 characters. Is there a fix?
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Set encrypted home passphrase

I just reinstalled Ubuntu, Natty. I set to use encrypted home, but once the system was running, I was asked to define the encrypted home passphrase. Out of haste, I skipped that, but now I want to ...
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What are the reasons to have strong password at home?

For a typical home PC the security situation is following: No servers running, not even the SSH. Firewall is ufw running in simple mode: all outgoing allowed, all incoming denied. Torrents and DC++ ...
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Opening terminal asks for sudo password

Whenever I open a new terminal within 12.04, I am prompted to enter my sudo password. Why is this happening?
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How to remove/change saved SVN passwords?

I'm using SVN from Eclipse and it has a feature that allows you to save the SVN user and password. It think it uses something called gnome-keyring to do so. The problem is that now I need to use ...
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Can I run sudo without entering a password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run an application using sudo without a password? I like Ubuntu, but I hate entering a password every time when I run a command with sudo. Can I avoid it?
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How do I reset my password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative(root) password? I inherited a machine with Ubuntu desktop installed. It has a password in place and I have no idea what the password ...
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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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Password not working in Graphical Applications (gksu)? Works with sudo

I am having a problem where when I try to run say GParted, when I am prompted for a password, it says "Incorrect Password" But when I enter the same password using terminal sudo gparted for example, ...
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What strategies (especially available software) do you use to keep passwords safe?

Inspired by the recent issue with the Gawker network sites, I've been re-evaluating my password management. What strategies do you use to keep passwords safe? I'm particularly interested in software-...
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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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Bash - 'if' statement: compare two strings

I would like to make a script that deletes a directory with rmdir after confirming with a password using read to set the variable. So far I have this: #!/bin/bash -x echo "Password:" read -t 30 S1 ...
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Standby password

My problem is that every five minutes my screen is getting dark and then asks me for a password. How can I turn off the password request after computer's standby wakeup? Please show me where I can ...
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How to configure pkexec to not ask for password?

I have a GUI application that needs to call a daemon (written in Python) with superuser privileges. I would like to do this without prompting the user for a password. Since the daemon is a script, I ...
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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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Why I'm not asked to set a password for Root when Installing Ubuntu?

When I install Ubuntu, it never shows an option to set a password, yet there is a password when trying to log in to the admin account and when I try to install packages. I can't change the password in ...
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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 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 to get GUI sudo password prompt without command line?

Currently, for all my commands that require root access, I have to type them out on a command line. I would like for the GUI to prompt me to key in my password, when sudo is required, instead of ...
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What is the root password for a live usb stick? [duplicate]

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ su Password: su: Authentication failure I installed Ubuntu to a USB stick. I didn't set any password any time - why can't I use su?
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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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Making touchpad and resume password changes permanent

in Ubuntu 10.10 I really don't want any password on resume on my EeePC, so I have to run gconftool-2 --set --type=bool /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/suspend false and I want two finger middle click,...
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ecryptfs and login passphrase vs mount passphrase

I installed ecryptfs-utils and used it to create a Private encrypted folder in my home directory. During creation of Private encrypted folder I was asked for a login passphrase and a mount passphrase....
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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 partition....
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Thunderbird does not store remote address books' passwords

I have the following problem: I am running a Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit on a Lenovo Thinkpad S430. As email composer I use Thunderbird (24.0). All my contacts are being synced from an ownCloud address book ...
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How to Disable KDE Wallet and have “remember password” working

When I log into my system I have a KDE Wallet password dialog. When I disable it, some passwords as wifi or FTP accounts don't work any more, and the main problem - I dont have "remember password" any ...
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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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“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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How safe are my files in /home?

This is a community wiki. I would really like other folk's thoughts on this. I do not want to discuss the ethics of storing plain text passwords either. For those unfamiliar, libpurple is the library ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.10 isn't remembering my passwords anymore, why?

Ubuntu's password management used to be working just fine for me, but around two weeks ago after running apt-get upgrade, I've noticed that now it keeps "forgetting" my passwords. For instance, I ...
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Password protect individual apps

Can I give certain applications their own rights, e.g. passwords, different from root password? The reason I want to do this is, apps like compiz, settings manager, that don't need root access. This ...
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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 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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Why I have to wait some seconds before I can input my password on login?

When on login I click on the user, immediately shows password field but before I can type it I have to wait some seconds, sometimes even 5! I don't see this problem on other computers that I have, ...
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How to let Muon update manager run without entering a password?

How to prevent Muon from asking a password when installing updates? Adding user ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL to sudoers does not help. sudo apt-get upgrade works without a password, but Muon is still ...
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Unable to change password after expiry

When setting up a new Ubuntu 14 PC for a Standard User using a local System Admin account, I’ve used the following command in order to make their password expire after 30 days: sudo chage –M 30 [...
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how do I enter a sudo command when part of my password contains uppercase letters and numbers

Part of my password contains numbers and uppercase letters. How can I know that I am correctly typing my password in a terminal when invoking sudo? I am not very computer literate, so I would ...
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Can someone determine my previous sudo password was if they have access to my machine and my new one?

I have found a bug and the developers to whom I reported this bug to want me to send them the VM with the bug. They want me to send them the password and the VM in its current state (a snapshot). I ...
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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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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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Remove sudo password when connecting to *new* WiFi network

So currently when my non-admin user tries to connect to a new WiFi network (e.g. at a cafe say) NetworkManager prompts for the admin user's password. Is there a way to turn this off and to allow the ...
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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 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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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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How do I enforce a password complexity policy?

I need to configure an Ubuntu server to follow a strict company password policy that specifies the following: at least one upper case at least one lower case at least one digit at least one special ...