Re: crypt function mode

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On Sun, 2009-04-19 at 12:00 -0400, pam-list-request@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >> 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.
No - they are a tool for a different job.

>  My requirement is to make  passwds more secure.
More secure against what?  Security is not a linear variable.  The
storage format of the password hashes is almost certainly not the
weakest link in the chain.

> I think enabling shadow passwds(using pwconv) and MD5 hashes
> (etc/sysconfig/authconfig) would be enough as the first step.
Shadow passwords and using the MD5 based version of crypt are both good
ideas and an improvement - whether they will be enough rather depends on
your security policy.

 - Martin

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