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Re: [suse-security] How to handle usernames?
  • From: Sven 'Darkman' Michels <sven@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 14:43:57 +0100
  • Message-id: <3E84519D.8020307@xxxxxxxxxx>
lars wrote:

Anyone a suggestion? would be helpfull... thanx a lot!

it's not 'good' to use such usernames, not every unix tool/programm will
be able to handle that correctly. To get it working you have some
possible ways:

1. edit /etc/passwd etc. by hand (do that only if you know what you're

2. use normal usernames like "brichards" and add an alias for your MTA
(on postfix: /etc/postfix/aliases -> add: b.richards: brichards)

3. use an alternative backend for storing usernames etc. for the mail
system (likeall users in a ldap or mysql database).

1. is quick'n dirty
2. is the preferred easy way
3. is more work but should give you a more flexible system...

Btw: how can I change the length of a password to a value higher than 8?
Possible at all on a bash or tcsh?

use md5 passwords.

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