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We use passwords for many number of accounts we maintain for various networking sites, emails, social sites etc.
Ubuntu operating systems are storing the Wi-Fi profiles, including the clear text passwords, outside the home folder, making them a lot more accessible. A user has pointed out that the Wi-Fi passwords are not encrypted because they are stored in a folder outside of Home, which can be encrypted during the installation of the operating system.
All Linux operating systems that use the NetworkManager software expose Wi-Fi passwords by default. Moreover, even if you dont use NetworkManager, and you use another tool to configure and manage network connections via profiles, your Wi-Fi password(s) will still be stored in clear text by default, unless you manually encrypt it!
There are reports circulating related to the security of users’ Pandora passwords. It’s not a password leak or an attack, however, but there’s concern that passwords aren’t being well secured on users’ computers.
Why is there such an emphasis on strong passwords?
My understanding is that brute force or dictionary attacks are only possible when the attacker can test a large number of passwords in a reasonable amount of time. Modern Unix systems do not expose the encrypted passwords and have limits on how many passwords can be attempted so how can a weak password be exploited?