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Re: [suse-security] passwd question
  • From: "Keith Warno" <keith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 18:01:58 -0400
  • Message-id: <000401bfbacb$5cc7f940$9e0a010a@xxxxxxxxxxx>
8 character passwds have been the standard since the beginning of UNIX time,
as far as I know.

You can use MD5 passwds if you wish. This is all controlled via PAM
(Pluggable Authentication Modules) these days. PAM isn't easily understood
by the newbie, however.

Check out

/* Keith Warno
** Developer & Sys Admin

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jose Luis Araujo" <l41141@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <suse-security@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: 10 May 2000, Wednesday 17:42
Subject: [suse-security] passwd question

Hy, having installed my first SUSE system [BTW 6.3] (and against my will)
finding it much better than i expected of a "user-friendly" instalation.

When browsing the new system i found something that i thought i would
found in a modern linux setup, the passwords were using only the first 8
caracters of a password, that is using DES, why doesn't it uses MD5 crypt.

I may be wrong, and i hope this isn't the default. It it is, then i
it a bug.

My question then is: how to install a better crypt or how to setup a

See you in the battleground
Jose Araujo aka "Forever Young"

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