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Re: [SLE] DES vs. MD5 passwords
  • From: tallison@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 11:33:30 -0400 (EDT)
  • Message-id: <53003.>
> 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.
> --Jerry

So.. There isn't anyway to have a >8 character password on Suse?

This caught me by surprise during the installation as well...

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