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Re: extrange passwd behaviour

Quoting Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@calista.eckenfels.6bone.ka-ip.net>:
> In article <[🔎] 1070568741.3684.14.camel@nahoo> you wrote:
> > I've discovered that login, sudo, gdm only take care of the first 8
> > characters of the passwd.
> Dont know why and for which debian versions it is default, I have some mixed
> ones.

Why? Because it uses DES and DES uses 56 bit keys. Eight 7 bit chars
give you exactly 56 bits...

I've always wondered if the high bit does indeed make no difference.
Right now, I have only Solaris to try. ... Nope, the high bit is ignored
on Solaris. I'll have to try this at home tonight with Debian and

Lupe Christoph
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