Password sync

Paul J Collins pjdc at
Wed Jul 19 18:02:12 GMT 2000

>>>>> "Simo" == Simo Sorce <simo.sorce at> writes:

    Simo> Reading on this list for months convinced me that NT
    Simo> password format is really too unsecure and trivial to crack
    Simo> and this kept me always away from using
    Simo> pam_(ntdom/smb/winbind) to store my unix passwords.

NT's password format is neither insecure nor trivial.  It is a one-way
hash.  So-called "password crackers" work by testing a very large
dictionary against the target password.  They don't decrypt the
password hash itself; such a thing cannot be done.

If your users pick bad passwords, then they can be easily cracked, but
the same is true of Unix passwords.


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