Password Generation and management

Posted by Steve on Wed 29 Sep 2004 at 08:45

Generating good passwords is hard, but a necessary evil. It's a good practise to use different passwords for different machines, websites, and accounts.

Enter pwgen a simple tool to generate a heap of passwords. When it is run it displays a large number of passwords, and you can simply choose the one that appeals to you the most.

For an alternative application you might consider gpw. This produces passwords which are deliberately designed to be pronouncable.

When it comes to managing a collection of passwords you have a number of choices. Firstly there is the lightweight application zsafe which allows you to create catagories, then nest entries inside them.

Alternatively there are password managers designed for the various desktop environments. KDE has the the kwallet program, contained in the kwalletmanger package.

GNOME has a similar application called the gnome-keyring.

Each of the preceeding applications integrates nicely into its respective environment, and allows you to keep a collection of account details securely.



Posted by redbeard (64.218.xx.xx) on Fri 17 Feb 2006 at 18:23
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I use the apg package to create passwords. It is very flexible and can create "pronouncable" passwords.

Is there a package that stores passwords that is console based? I can't seem to find one.

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Posted by Steve (82.41.xx.xx) on Fri 17 Feb 2006 at 18:27
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I've not seen one. But I did read this blog entry suggesting cpm which looks like it would be simple to package / install.


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Posted by redbeard (64.218.xx.xx) on Fri 17 Feb 2006 at 18:54
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Very easy to install. The author maintains a Debain repository with the current version already packaged:

deb unstable/
deb sarge/

I'll be trying it shortly.

Thanks for the pointer.


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Posted by kayo (83.23.xx.xx) on Fri 14 Apr 2006 at 23:28
Try makepasswd. This make strong passwords.

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