Re: Circle: Re: CRYPT

From: Andy Davidoff (
Date: 05/04/95

> Who said anything about storing passwords externally?  Obviously I know that
> passwords are in the pfile, but they are encrypted as long as your libc
> supports crypt().  I am confused by your statement 'who said anything about
> plaintext' -- what's the difference between keeping passwords in plaintext
> or using a reversable crypt algorithm, and "having access to the passwords
> of users" as you said in your original message?
> These semantics aside, my original point stands - there is no reason at all
> a sysadmin would ever need to know the passwords of his users.

shrug, fine. it's a dead argument...

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