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Re: Shadow passwords and GNU su

On Tue, 10 Dec 1996, Marek Michalkiewicz wrote:

marekm >Christoph Lameter:
marekm >> The authentication databases are compatible with /etc/passwd. We use our
marekm >> /etc/passwd for authentication for webpages which have restricted access.
marekm >
marekm >So I guess you won't be able to use shadow passwords then - the web
marekm >server can't have access to shadow passwords, sorry.  It may be
marekm >possible to use a setuid CGI program to do the authentication, but
marekm >I think it's a local issue that shouldn't affect Debian itself.
marekm >Shadow passwords are optional, so you have the choice...

Note that the webserver behavior is quite customary for a lot of
other apps as well. They all rely on the standard UNIX /etc/passwd layout.

Perhaps we can work out something to make those applications work?

The ideal situation would be to have shadow passwords as standard but all
legacy apps still working.

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