Originally Posted by hardly
pixellany, I would not have mentioned sudo in this situation.
A user can change their password by issuing the passwd command all by it's self.
Of course!! However, the general solution for changing any user's password is to first "su" to root**. It is also better practice to always specify the username---what if you want to change your password, but you forget that you are logged in as another user?
sudo may not be necessary in this case, but it certainly does no harm
**Or--in the absurd Ubuntu Universe--use sudo