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itik 07-24-2008 03:15 PM

password expiration /etc/shadow
Hi All,

I have this user on my /etc/shadow:


The 5th column is blank. Does it mean the user has no password expiration.

Thanks in advance for any idea you will give.

farslayer 07-25-2008 08:43 AM

does passwd -S mysql show anything different in that field ?

Odd that it would be empty. 99999 is the normal entry for a password that doesn't expire.

FranDango 07-25-2008 11:29 AM

An empty field giving a undefined value to expiration date could be interpreted as non-expiring, but it is certainly not the standard way to do this.

Then again, if mysql is set in /etc/passwd to have no login shell, and is anyway not supposed to be used for logging in, then the expiration date might be irrelevant anyway.

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pdtpatrick 07-25-2008 12:17 PM

do this
can you please produce the output of passwd -S mysql ... just like the gentleman said above and we'll proceed from there.

Btw do you use mySQL on this box? or is this just a curiousity?

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