Password reset questions are getting out of hand
March 25, 2013
As soon as the Web had developed sites that required logging into, it also developed the problem of lost passwords. The solution for that was simple: password reset questions. You’ve probably run into these a hundred times and they are typically the same questions on every site, like “Where were you born?”, “What’s your mothers maiden name?” and “What street did you grow up on?”.
Non-interactive (Unattended) password change under Ubuntu
February 16, 2012
Last night I had programmatically created a large number of users on a server. Today, I started getting emails from the users complaining that their new accounts didn’t work. Turns out my user creation script had not set their passwords correctly, so I needed to reset everyone’s password. Try as I might, I could not find an automagic method to do so with passwd; thankfully, it turns out there is another command to use for this.