passwd refers to the Unix command for changing a user's password and also the file in which users' login data is stored.

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passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

I am running a Ubuntu 12 machine, and have recently been working to secure it. I made all the changes from this guide. I am not running a Linode, but I used these as a starting point for setting up ...
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How can I set the root password in a docker container from a script?

I have a script that runs on the host and creates/starts/stops a docker container. I'd like the script to change the password of the root user within the container. Since the container is an ssh ...
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centos 7, sudoers rights limits

i have a task to separate duties of users on a group of servers, the system is centos 7 there is a user that i want to give every right on the server except for the right to change root and other ...
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Is it safe to manually edit /etc/passwd?

I need to change the "real name" of a user (not the username). For example if I have: testuser:x:1001:1001:Max Mustermann,,,:/home/testuser:/bin/bash And I want it to be: testuser:x:1001:1001:Max ...
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linux redhat + login prompt keep getting again and again [duplicate]

we installed new server redhat version - 6.7 from kick start, after installation complete successfully we get the login prompt but I am unable to login locally on my redhat linux 6.7 server. The ...
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Unable to delete a user from a Linux CentOS 6.3 machine, what can be done?

When I try deleting my user (from a root shell) it says userdel: cannot remove entry 'itaig' from /etc/passwd The user isn't even displayed on /etc/passwd. [root@ab2c1 ~]# su - itaig su: warning: ...
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How to change the password of a (vsftpd) FTP account when 'passwd' isnt working

Kinda newbie here, I have a server which uses vsftpd. I changed the password of user 'aa' from the root account with 'passwd aa', which changed the SSH password for user 'aa', but not for his FTP ...
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RtKit on my ubuntu?

Hi I just updated my ubuntu karmic Koala to Lucid Lynx and found sth strange on my file /etc/passwd. rtkit:x:120:130:RealtimeKit,,,:/proc:/bin/false Can someone tell me what it is?
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Cache FreeIPA passwords to /etc/passwd

I have setup freeIPA/Kerberos authentication for my domain and it works well. I have a service that does not support server-based auth, only local auth via /etc/passwd. Is there a method to cache ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 - User administration - local passwd, shadow on nis-server

Usually our users are centrally defined on a NIS-Server (/etc/passwd,/etc/shadow, /etc/groups). Some of them should have local accounts on clients (in the local /etc/passwd). What I want is, that the ...
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sshd on a minimal Linux: “Failed password for invalid user root”

I'm trying to start SSH server on a minimal Fedora installation. And I mean really minimal: one that is produced by diskimage-builder ramdisk builder. It does not even have users (absent /etc/passwd ...
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password changed by poppassd doesn't reflect smbpasswd

I have installed poppassd and coded a php script for users to change their passwords via web. However I noticed that what being changed via poppassd did not reflect users' samba password. Any pointers ...
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Cannot run passwd through plink

This is my situation. I am trying to run the following command in WINDOWS 7 plink.exe user@ip.add.re.ss -pw password "passwd user" to change the password for a particular user. it keeps giving ...
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Can't edit files /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow

I have some issues with files /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. Both of them are without permissions: ---------- 1 root root 1357 Aug 5 11:30 passwd ---------- 1 root shadow 1175 Aug 5 11:30 shadow ...
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SSH with user root from 2 different stations both running passwd [closed]

A few days ago, we were connected to a xenserver through ssh (user root) from 2 different stations. And we tried passwd, and we changed the root password to 2 different passwords simultanously. And we ...
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Cygwin: Obtain comment field from Active Directory with mkpasswd

Running cygwin on W7x64. Since a generated /etc/passwd file is static, it has to be performed occasionally when new employees are hired. It polls Windows AD, and writes the passwd file. In the past, ...
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Command 'getent'

Part 1 Is getent supposed to be an executable? In my zsh setup, I can see getent is actually defined as a function $ which getent getent () { if [[ $2 = <-> ]] then grep ":$...
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Resetting root password on Slackware (software RAID)

I'm trying to reset password to root account on Slackware server (with Intel Atom on Intel motherboard and two HDDs). There is software RAID set up (devices mounted during boot: md0 - /, md1 - /usr, ...
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How can I allow users to reset their Linux user passwords from a web interface? [closed]

I am running SAS Visual Analytics on a cluster for my department. I want the users to be able to set and reset their own password for their user account. Users and Passwords for the application are ...
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Purpose of the noaccess user in UNIX?

Can someone point me to a document or explain to me the utility or application of the noaccess user? It would seem interchangeable with any other user I might create. What is it's purpose of being ...
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How to enable Dovecot virtual users to change their password using passwd-file?

I am running Dovecot with several virtual users in passwd-file: http://wiki2.dovecot.org/AuthDatabase/PasswdFile . The file is /etc/dovecot/userdb . How can I enable the users to change their password?...
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Does password aging affect locked accounts in Linux?

I have a requirement to change the maxdays setting of several Linux accounts to 365 and most of the accounts are locked. Does password aging settings affect these accounts? My concern is that I'll ...
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Dovecot Virtual domain/passwd-file login issue

I used this walk through http://wiki2.dovecot.org/HowTo/VirtualUserFlatFilesPostfix but there is still an issue not allowing me to login. /var/log/dovecot.log Jan 13 10:25:49 imap-login: Info: ...
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can't change NIS account password from Centos-7 client “NIS server Centos-6”

I'm trying to change password for a NIS account from a Centos-7.0.1406 client and the server is Centos-6.6 it seems that passwd command don't ask me neither to change password nor ask me for old ...
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Change local password as root after configuring for MS-AD Kerberos+LDAP

I have followed this excelent post to configure Kerberos + LDAP: http://koo.fi/blog/2013/01/06/ubuntu-12-04-active-directory-authentication/ However, there are some local users used for services. When ...
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linux + cant access as user + could not open session

in my Linux machine - red-hat I successfully to login to different users as the following su - userC [machine@Linux ~]$ pwd [machine@Linux ~]$ /Users/userC but only in one user I get the ...
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Shared /home with NFS: chown /home/userdir to a user that doesn't exist on the server

Let's say I have a NFS /home on my server that gets mounted on boot by clients (EDIT: on their own machines -- locally), in order to have a common /home for my clients, this way they automatically ...
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Tool to lint passwd and group files

Recently I fixed a problem caused by duplicate entries in /etc/passwd on Linux. To catch it sooner next time I plan to do some basic sanity checks on the file each day, one of which will be that no ...
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/etc/passwd shows user in a group, but /etc/group does not

I want to verify that the user account filesender_1 is a member of the group valid_senders. When I look at /etc/group, filesender_1 is not there: valid_senders:x:12345:production_1 I read this as "...
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how to avoid console network error (host is not communicating) when passwd or update?

I am trying to change the root password and update ssl package but the commands passwd or yum update {package} make the console loops endlessly. I have set the buffer to 600 sec. which I am reaching ...
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Can I put /etc/passwd, /etc/group and /etc/shadow on an NFS share?

OK, this may be a dumb question but I'm wondering if I can export /etc/passwd, /etc/group and /etc/shadow from an NFS server and mount those files over the local ones on the client machine. The goal ...
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Copying Linux users and passwords to a new server

I am migrating over a server to new hardware. A part of the system will be rebuild. What files and directories are needed to copy so that usernames, passwords, groups, file ownership and file ...
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Linux: Lost internet while using vipw. How can I unlock the file?

I was editing the passwd file with vipw, when I briefly lost internet connectivity. When I logged back in and tried to edit again I get the error: vipw: Couldn't lock file: Interrupted system call ...
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What is default shell for users in /etc/passwd for Solaris 11?

For a Solaris 11 Server Config Review that I am doing, I have following lines in my /etc/passwd file: root:x:0:0:Super-User:/root:/usr/bin/bash daemon:x:1:1::/: bin:x:2:2::/usr/bin: sys:x:3:3::/: ...
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What is the purpose of openssl passwd

I'm reading "Reliably Deploying Rails Applications" Regarding defining users to be set up by Chef, it says: “Next we need to define users, inside data_bags/users copy the file deploy.json.example to ...
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OpenLDAP on ArchLinux users cannot change passwd

I started an office and i NEED centralized login and home directories to work. Since all workstations are going to run Arch and problems with different LDAP versions I finally concluded the LDAP ...
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pam_auth_radius - RADIUS users vs unix users

I have recently set up a server with FreeRADIUS to authenticate and keep track of admin logins on some of my devices. I'm looking at getting my Linux and FreeBSD machines authenticating against ...
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difference between /bin/false and /sbin/nologin [duplicate]

I am learning server stuff and I have one chapter about /etc/passwd i have this: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash bin:x:2:2:bin:/bin:/bin/sh sys:x:3:3:sys:/dev:/bin/sh sync:x:4:65534:sync:/bin:/bin/...
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CentOS Password Change

I am looking for changing my centos password by using passwd with encryption. echo "Password1" | passwd --stdin username But if I'm using with above method, user will see what my password is. Does ...
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ProFTPD accounts

I have inherited a server where ProFTPD is installed. I can login to it with account joe_test and its password - but the problem is there is no such user as joe_test in /etc/passwd. If I do ls -la of /...
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openLDAP Client Config for CentOS 6

I have been trying to get the users on the LDAP server to get authenticated over centOS 6 clients, but, the client will not accept the passwords of the LDAP users. I have Ubuntu Systems which ...
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Wrong directory in passwd file. How to edit properly?

I have the following value under /etc/passwd file: web3:x:5006:5006::/var/www/clients/client2/web3:/bin/false Now, the correct value should be: web3:x:5006:5006::/var/www/clients/client1/web3:/bin/...
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Is there a shell to change password when connecting over SSH?

This is a pretty odd question, but I'd like my users to be able to change their passwords for my FTPS server, which is using local accounts. Currently all these users have /bin/false set as shell, but ...
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I edited /etc/passwd and have strange problems

I manually edited /etc/passwd for non-root user - yeah, I know this is bad. Unfortunately I saw this (SSH failing authentication after manual edit of /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow) very late. I already ...
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How to tell passwd to use salted passwords?

I am hunting the web on how to change passwords of an existing user using a salted hash. I found that way with adding a non-existing user: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2150882/how-to-...
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Postfix chroot jail doesn't work

Trying to setup Postfix to run chrooted. Only bit of info on this comes from the man page which simply says to follow the instructions in master.cf. master.cf is self explanatory, just set 'y' in the ...
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ssh root access denied after changing shell

after i tried to change my server shell, i cannot login as root anymore. First, i installed the z-shell (zsh) as root and then i wanted to change it to my default shell. Therefore i used "chsh". My ...
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Accidentally messed up /etc/passwd

I accidentally modified the default shell program /bin/bash for my user in /etc/passwd. I didn't set a root password in my ubuntu server installation. Now I can't even login. Is there anything I can ...
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Solaris 11 nsswitch.conf messed up, need to edit it from an alternate kernel

Ok, so I was editing the name-service/switch service and messed up my nsswitch.conf, I overwrote the "passwd = files" with "passwd = filesasdf" so now I can't auth to the server when I boot that ...
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Keeping configs, user ids, groups and passwords consistent across Linux-servers

I have a couple of Debian servers with only little users and services. The applications are kept as far as possible in their own directories where they can be backed-up or synced easily. But I have ...