Subject: Re: passwd bug ?
To: Peter Kelm <>
From: Erik Bertelsen <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/04/1996 08:24:46
On Wed, 3 Jul 1996, Peter Kelm wrote:

.. AFAIK it is common that passwd looks at the first eight characters only. I
.. just cannot recall a different behaviour on _any_ UN*X (incl. Solaris) I
.. worked with until now.

Be careful -- when using the traditional /etc/passwd approach, this is
probably true because of all and every programs that think that they
need to know how to read and parse this file.

But several newer Unix'es (even as old as Ultrix) use different password
techniques when set up to use shadow passwords. And when doing that they
don't necessarily use the same algorithms as their competitors ...

Erik Bertelsen