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generate /etc/shadow-style password

Terminal - generate /etc/shadow-style password
mkpasswd -5 pa33w0rd saltsalt
2011-11-16 16:24:18
User: kev
generate /etc/shadow-style password


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python -c 'import crypt; print crypt.crypt("pa33w0rd", "$1$saltsalt$")'
Comment by kev 245 weeks ago
openssl passwd -1 -salt saltsalt pa33w0rd
Comment by kev 245 weeks ago
md5pass pa33w0rd saltsalt
Comment by kev 245 weeks ago

On Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.7:

usage: mkpasswd [args] [user]

where arguments are:

-l # (length of password, default = 9)

-d # (min # of digits, default = 2)

-c # (min # of lowercase chars, default = 2)

-C # (min # of uppercase chars, default = 2)

-s # (min # of special chars, default = 1)

-v (verbose, show passwd interaction)

-p prog (program to set password, default = passwd)

Comment by SuperFly 245 weeks ago

No for the md5sum. Not a good algorithm to use in this case.

Comment by kaedenn 245 weeks ago
>>> import ctypes >>> crypt = ctypes.CDLL('libcrypt.so').crypt >>> crypt.restype = c_char_p >>> crypt(b'pa33w0rd', b'$1$saltsalt$') b'$1$saltsalt$J9FHdD60EASotLk.KSSI4/'
Comment by kev 244 weeks and 5 days ago

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