Re: Automatic root password setting
|--==> Paul Millar writes:
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PM> Hi all,
PM> I was going to submit a bug against passwd for this so it doesn't get lost in
PM> the wash.
PM> On Tuesday 05 October 2004 09:51, Free Ekanayaka wrote:
>>what about automatic root pw setting?
PM> (my reading is...)
PM> Currently this doesn't work because passwd deliberately unsets the
PM> passwd/root-passwd and ...-again keys before trying to obtain them. This is
PM> (IMO) correct behaviour -- no system should expect to hold root pw in
PM> plain-text, so any existing values should be discarded.
PM> An alternative solution is to have a key passwd/root-hash (or some such) that
PM> the passwd install scripts would use, if its set, so it wouldn't need to ask
PM> the user for the password. Probably only a few lines of extra code are
PM> needed to support this.
Seems reasonable to me.
>>Furthermore I'd like to be able to set it to the same password chosen
>>by the user for his personal account. This imply that the user account
>>must be set up *before* root password. Is this possible?
PM> AFAIK, there is no restriction on what you choose for your passwords, although
PM> having the same password for user and root accounts is a Bad Idea.
I'm talking about personal workstation.. I admit that I always did it
for my personal machines. Although it doesn't sound too good I don't
see exactly where it could hurt.