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Re: How to have password shown?

Quoting Rodolfo Medina (2019-07-03 14:42:13)
> Håkon Alstadheim <hakon@alstadheim.priv.no> writes:
> > Den 03.07.2019 13:24, skrev Rodolfo Medina:
> >> Hi all...
> >>
> >> Is there any a way to have my user-password shown when logging into 
> >> Debian in tty console, or also within X system when changing to 
> >> root?  It is for my old father...  it'd be easier for him to see 
> >> what he's typing.  In internet I found some procedures to have 
> >> asterisks shown; would it be possible to have a clear text as well?  
> >> Maybe it isn't as I understand...
> >
> > If the machine is physically secure, I'd find out about automatic 
> > login (aka autologin) to X (check the config of your display 
> > manager, you might conceivably want to use a different 
> > displaymanager) .
> >
> > For root access, check out man sudoers, the EXAMPLES section will 
> > get you started, find out about NOPASSWD.
> >
> > If the machine is NOT physically secure, think long and hard about 
> > what you will do.
> Thanks...  of course it is...  absolutely.  I wanted to have him accustomed
> with using a password...  only, he still does many errors at keyboard...

I think I understand the scope of this challenge.

Would it be sensible for your case to a) use a 3-4 character password 
coupled with a PAM plugin that checks for the presence of a USB key 
containing some unique file?

That would keep the notion of typing a password for logging in, while 
being simpler to type, sidestepping the lower security by a secondary 
check which (at leat for some) would not be a too weird addition).

 - Jonas

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