[SunHELP] /etc/shadow encrypted passwd field

Yazid mohd.yazid at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 07:42:37 CDT 2004

Thanks for the lesson, Dale :)
The reason I asked the question is because I notice that ssh using
publickey behave differently when the account set to *LK*, i.e it will
not let me in.
A quick google search answer my question, obviously someone alraedy
ask the question in this list.
Another lesson learned: "Search Google First".


On Thu, 1 Jul 2004 08:14:13 -0400, Dale Ghent <daleg at elemental.org> wrote:
> On Jul 1, 2004, at 3:50 AM, Yazid wrote:
> > Hello listers,
> > I need some info on the meaning and the difference between  *LK*
> > (locked) and NP (no passwd???) on /etc/shadow encrypted passwd field.
> > Seems that login to account with either one is not possible cause we
> > didn't know the real (unencrypted) passwd.
> Isn't it obvious, the differences in meaning between LOCKED and NO
> Don't they teach that a * is an invalid character in a crypted password
> string anymore?
> If either *LK* or NP exist in the password field of /etc/shadow, then a
> password does not exist for that account and must be set with the
> passwd command.
> This is UNIX 101.
> /dale
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