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Change the encryption algorithm used to encrypt the password database
Given a screenshot of a password database, an admin should be able to recognize the encryption algorithm in use and how to select another algorithm. Have a basic understanding of when to use DES, MD5 and Blowfish.
TODO: test and document on other BSD systems -- as appropriate make this content not BSD specific
On NetBSD, the
The following are examples of different results based on the same password.
As you can see, the new algorithms use a format that can be recognized by routines (like TODO) so they know what to compare with. TODO: show this format
(Note while high rounds may improve security, it can be expensive -- very slow to generate hash.) TODO: reword this or better explain
login.conf(5); auth.conf(5); passwd.conf(5); adduser.conf(5) and adduser(8)