Subject: Re: Default MD5 passwords
To: Julio Merino <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/21/2002 10:52:53
On Tue, 21 May 2002, Julio Merino wrote:

> Hi all
> Just a question... why NetBSD still comes with standard des passwords as
> default configuration? Wouldn't we enable MD5 in -current as default
> setup?

So that NetBSD can be readily used as a NIS server. While a number of free
operating systems now understand MD5 passwords, NIS doesn't officially,
and a number of non-free OSs don't understand them. So if you make a user
with an MD5 password in such a domain, that user can't loginto machines
other users can.

Take care,