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Old 05-15-2010, 05:44 AM   #1
ashishravande
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what is the purpose of having " /etc/shadow " file


we can save the users password in /etc/password file itself.

then why a special file /etc/shadow is created to save the encripted password of users.
 
Old 05-15-2010, 05:53 AM   #2
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Better security. /etc/passwd (not password) needs to be world-readable while /etc/shadow can and should be readable only by root (and maybe by group shadow -- which exists but has no members, at least on my Slackware 13.0 system).
 
Old 05-15-2010, 09:21 AM   #3
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

You can 'man shadow' to get useful information.

 
  


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