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Re: Passwd encrytion

On Sat, Mar 20, 1999 at 12:46:39AM -0500, vineet punetha wrote:
> hi all,
>       how can one decrypt /etc/passwd file and crack into the system.
>   How do you go about decrypting the codings since these being time
> dependent.
> Awaiting for the replies
> vineet
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I believe that it is mathematically impossible to crack the type of
encoding used in /etc/passwd, because of the crypt() function used. Also,
if you are using shadow passwords, then non-root users can't even read
the file that the encrypted passwords are in.
Stephen Pitts
webmaster - http://www.mschess.org

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