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Old 10-28-2002, 02:20 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2001
Location: China
Distribution: Mandrake 7.2 and 8.1
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changing password on red hat 7.2 mail server

I work at a school where our email server is a red hat 7.2 box. Our administrator assigns us passwords and won't help us change them, which I find pretty unnaceptable. How can I try to change it myself? I tried telneting to the box and logging in. After I entered my password, my connection dropped - does that mean the box will not accept telnet sessions? I tried using ssh but wasn't sure of the format - ssh - is that correct? That didn't work - I suppose I can't do that from a Windows box - which is what I was on. Any other ideas?

My administrator knows even less about linux than I do, so I'm sure he hasn't set up any clever security beyond whatever the default is for 7.3
Old 10-28-2002, 09:25 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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If you know the current password, then you should be able to change it with the "passwd" command.

I THINK that if you got prompted for a password when you telneted in, that the server is accepting telnet. You just need to make sure that your username is allowed to telnet in.

There are free ssh clients out there for windows... I think I read a while ago about one @ if not, just search around, and you'll find one.


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