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Re: Linux checks only 8 chars of the password...

On Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 01:22:31PM +0200, Marek Habersack wrote:
> * Gernot Bauer said:
> > Good morning, 
> > 
> > I was wondering, why Linux only checks 8 characters of the
> It's not a Linux invention, it's the limitation of the Unix DES method of
> encrypting passwords. 
> > login-password. I use a much longer password and would like my system to
> > check everything of it. Is there a flag I can set that the whole
> > password is verified?
> Just take a look at the /etc/login.defs and read the description of the
> MD5_CRYPT_ENAB. Setting this option to "on" makess the passwd suite use the
> MD5 digest encryption algorithm which doesn't have the limitation of DES.

Please note that in potato, the MD5 is enabled via the /etc/pam.d files
(atleast after today it will be, once the new shadow is installed).


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