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Generate strong yet memorable passwords
Authored by: darkbytes on Sep 25, '04 11:42:15AM

I noticed recently, after fudging my root password half-way through and just hitting ENTER for another try, that when using `su` in OSX only 8 characters of your password are required for changing users. This deeply disturbs me, as most of my password are 20 chars or longer.

But I can `su` to any one of my users with as little as 8 characters, including root.

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Generate strong yet memorable passwords
Authored by: alys on Oct 01, '04 04:53:43PM

$o#he#-$u%#in& heck! This is correct; only the first 8 characters of my 17-character root password are necessary when I use su to become the root user. This is not good! A unix sysadmin friend of mine says that this is a known problem amongst some Unixes, although it's not as common now as it was a couple of years ago.

When using sudo, the full password must be entered, not just the first 8 characters, so I guess this is another reason to always use sudo and never enable the root user account.

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More then 8 characters
Authored by: yellow on Oct 14, '04 08:30:46PM

As noted, this is a UNIX failing. However, Panther took care of this failing in Jaguar (and pre-jaguar). If you're running Panther (and upgraded from Panther), all you have to do is change your current password(s) and you will forever be free of the 8 character limit. The limit in Panther is significantly higher.

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