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SlowCoder 07-21-2007 02:01 PM

MD5 and password encryption
 
What encryption algorythm does Linux use for its passwords? Is MD5 a good algorythm to use for password encryption? If so, where can I read up on how the MD5 algorythm works?

macemoneta 07-21-2007 02:29 PM

The file '/etc/login.defs' defines the password attributes. Specifically:

Code:

# Use MD5 or DES to encrypt password?
MD5_CRYPT_ENAB yes

Wikipedia has a good article on MD5.

SlowCoder 07-22-2007 08:08 AM

macemoneta,

As always, I found your information ... informational. Thank you.


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