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Re: [SLE] DES vs. MD5 passwords
  • From: Ken Schneider <kschneider@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 03 Jun 2003 12:11:23 -0400
  • Message-id: <1054656683.10854.65.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 2003-06-03 at 11:44, Jerry A! wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 11:33:30AM -0400, tallison@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> : > On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 10:15:53AM -0500, David Krider wrote:
> : > : I was just wondering why SuSE defaults to using "plain old" DES
> : > : encryption for passwords, instead of MD5, like most other distros. I'm
> : > : not a crypto guy. I've been meaning to get _Applied Cryptography_ for
> : > : awhile now, but I still haven't, so I don't know the difference. I just
> : > : like using a 10-place password for root. A quick Google search doesn't
> : > : turn up anything on this. Does anyone know why this is the situation?
> : > : Does anyone know why I should or shouldn't care?
> : >
> : > Maybe to be consistent with commercial UNIXs that don't have MD5.
> : > This should also give you the ability to cut-and-paste password/shadow
> : > entries from say a Solaris box and vice versa.
> :
> : So.. There isn't anyway to have a >8 character password on Suse?

Yes there is via YaST. The setting is under the security settings area.
Just look around a little, you can't kill the box by "looking" at the
current settings.

Ken


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