Thanks to Jim Harmon, the only person to send me the following suggestion:
> One more thing, is your account in the operator, sys/ or root groups?
> It's possible that your personal account has override privalege to the
> passwd control options, just like root.
In fact that is what the answer was. The "problem" with a short password
being accepted was *not* due to
o an incorrect setting in /etc/default/passwd
o the low uid
o changing the passwd as root (i.e. "passwd [user]")
These were the most suggested problems.
The answer is a bit more subtle. Remember that I am running Solaris 2.5,
which has an NIS+ aware passwd program. I created a test account with a
uid>1000 and put it in the NIS+ admin group. While logged in with this
test account, I was able to change its password to a one-letter password.
Immediatly after giving the test account a one-letter password, I changed
it back and removed it from the NIS+ admin group. I tried again to give
the test account a one-letter password, but was unable to.
Thus: accounts in the NIS+ admin group are able to assign themselves
whatever password they desire.
Thanks for all the help.
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