Re: allowing simpler passwords
> From: Nathan E Norman <email@example.com>
> On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, Marc Mongeon wrote:
> : How do I disable the password-checking feature of passwd? I'm willing
> : to accept moderately complex passwords that passwd wants to throw
> : out. `man passwd` gives me nothing, and I'm not certain where else to
> : look-- is this the doings of PAM?
> RTFM passwd.c;
(The source code is not the FM.)
> passwd tries to prevent lusers from
> using crappy passwords. This is generally accepted as a feature.
Features should be controllable by the system administrator.
> : It is particularly annoying because it reminds me of the Windows design
> : philosophy: "I know better than you do what you're trying to do."
> Windows lets you ignore passwords altogether and isn't really known as a
> secure OS ...
How does Windows' unsecurability diminish the undesirability of the
design philosophy mentioned above?