Subject: passwd bug ?
To: CHAN Yiu Wah <>
From: Matthieu Herrb <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/03/1996 22:18:09
You wrote (in your message from Wed 3)
 > Hello,
 > I recent change the password of a user with the length of the password >
 > 8 chars (eg. abcdefgh!!). When I login using the changed password user
 > id, I could login with the password (e.g. abcdefgh).  Is this a bug of
 > the passwd.  Anyone knows about this.  please advise.

I'm sure that you will get 100 or more answers... but here's mine:

It's a feature of the current password handling code common to many
Unix versions: passwords have only 8 significant characters.