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Old 08-11-2006, 12:25 AM   #1
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change password policy

now my system accept the numerics only or characters only password , for example , the password can be 741852 ( all numerics ) or poiuyt ( all characters ) , if I want to control the password MUST have BOTH characters AND numerics , what can I do ? thx
Old 08-11-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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Hmmm... The only thing I could think of is making a script which checks the input string (password) first and if it is suitable (compared to a set of given conditions) change the password. I cannot give you any source code, sorry - my knowledge of BASH (or any other scripting language for that matter) is awful

But I doubt that this is an optimal solution to your problem. I also doubt that it is a secure one, but it can of course be implemented as a temporary hack
Old 08-11-2006, 10:40 AM   #3
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Rather than writing a wrapper script yourself, try changing the PAM configuration files instead.
A quick google search turned up that and/or may help you.

Use them in /etc/pam.d/system-auth, as "password" directives (first word on the line says "password").


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