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Thread: [SOLVED] How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

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    [SOLVED] How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

    Hello, after upgrade from drake to hardy and some tweaking its seems that whole family can switch to the new system, but there are still few minor things left... like default password policy.

    I had separate accounts for me (the master and maintainer , my wife and my kids. I need to set short plain password for my sons, just few chars to teach them good habits. 6+ chars is too much for them. How I can change default hardy behavior?

    Thank you

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    Re: How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

    solved. just better search through this forum revealed that:

    edit in file: /etc/pam.d/common-password

    line: password required pam_unix.so nullok obscure md5

    to: password required pam_unix.so nullok min=3 md5

    is what i need.

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    Re: How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

    you can set a non secure password, as root:
    Code:
    sudo passwd username
    changing(system wide) the lenght of the password is not secure.
    Last edited by sisco311; October 7th, 2008 at 11:11 PM.

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    Re: How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

    thank you for advice. any risk, if only my account is in admin group? for my sons is possibility to change their own password fairly important .-)

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    Re: How to set short password for user (5yr old son)

    in your case the risks are negligible.
    you can read more about security here

    EDIT:
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    Last edited by sisco311; October 7th, 2008 at 11:41 PM.

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