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Old 03-16-2011, 07:07 AM   #1
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Ensure strength of passwords set by root

Password strength in Linux can be ensured by setting parameters in /etc/pam.d/common-password file. But these policies apply only for non-root users, when they set password for themselves.

Is there any way to ensure strength of passwords assigned by root?

Example: Normally root can assign passwords like "hello" "password" etc. Is there a way to ensure that passwords assigned by root must contain a special character and a digit as mandatory?
Old 03-16-2011, 08:04 AM   #2
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Not that I know of, but that doesn't mean that there is not. In keeping with the Linux philosophy, it would be expected for root to know what they are doing. Root is the be-all-end-all system administrator and should not require or expect an arbitrary policy enforced upon them.


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