Problem with crypt passwords matching

Matthew Newton mcn4 at
Thu Aug 16 02:39:16 CEST 2012

On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 04:46:09PM -0700, Doug Hardie wrote:
> >> [pap] login attempt with password "krt444"
> >> [pap] Using CRYPT password "*3u.3LS/VKTOVc"

> I don't know for sure about your system, but most Unix based
> systems will not generate a * in the encrypted password.
> Normally that is used to indicate a locked or disabled account.

Agreed - the crypted password is fine except for the *.

$ perl -e 'print crypt("krt444", "3u") . "\n";'


Matthew Newton, Ph.D. <mcn4 at>

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