Re: crypt function mode

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On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Martin <inkubus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-04-17 at 12:00 -0400, pam-list-request@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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>> From: Sudarshan Soma <sudarshan12s@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Reply-To: Pluggable Authentication Modules <pam-list@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: Pluggable Authentication Modules <pam-list@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: crypt function mode
>> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 20:36:07 +0530
>> Hi All,
>> Can anyone please let me know what block ciphers mode( Electronic
>> Codebook Mode (ECB) , Cipher Blockchaining Mode (CBC),..)
>>  does the crypt function used in pam_unix use.
> It doesn't.  These are for symmetric encryption, the crypt function uses
> them as a one way hash (that why the later versions use MD5).
[Pavan] Thanks Martin. I was bit confused when it says that crypt uses
modified form of DES algorithm

So these cipher modes are not applicable for storing/verifying
passwords using crypt. My requirement is to make  passwds more secure.
I think enabling shadow passwds(using pwconv) and MD5 hashes
(etc/sysconfig/authconfig) would be enough as the first step.

>> Please suggest me any pointers , if this is more of the crypt function
>> question.
> You might try reading the code; it's about as good a description as any.
> Cheers,
>  - Martin
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