I am working on a remote Linux server and my password expired. So now when I login it asks me to change my password. But when I give a new password, I get an error

Authentication token manipulation error

A quick google search reveals that this is due to a file permission issue. However, the same process has worked several times before. I am not aware of any changes being made to the server. So can anyone explain what is going on here?


  • Typically your log files will contain more detail on what exactly failed - but password changes will fail when an account is locked – HBruijn Jan 9 at 13:10

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