SUMMARY: Solaris 8 char password limit

From: Kevin Sindhu <>
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 02:28:20 EDT
Kevin Sindhu wrote:
> Hiya folks,
>     I'm trying to find a solution to this, so I'm wondering if anyone 
> can help (will summarize). I'm trying to change the passwords from 
> default __crypt__ to blowfish on Solaris 9 08/03. However, I ^can^ 
> change the hashing to blowfish in /etc/shadow but I still can get 
> authenticated with only the first 8 chars. I've checked 
> /etc/default/passwd and changed PASSLENGTH to 16 and 256 with no avail. 
> Is there a way in Solaris 9 to have passwords longers than 8 chars 
> (authentication from files)?

Thanks to Casper Dik, I was able to find a solution this problem. I 
was bitten by this problem I had modified the pam.conf when I 
installed Titan (a security module that secures your Solaris 
installs). Once I replaced the original pam.conf, the password length 
started working again. I've written up a small how-to for people 
interested in changing from default crypt() weak passwords to Blowfish 
in Solaris 9 (release > 08/02) - Available here:

Other Solution as proposed by Steve Sandau was to use npasswd. -

Thank you managers.

Kind Regards,

sunmanagers mailing list
Received on Tue Oct 14 02:28:16 2003

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