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Mkpasswd





MKPASSWD(1)              USER COMMANDS             22 August 1994


NAME

mkpasswd - generate new password, optionally apply it to a user

SYNOPSIS

mkpasswd [ args ] [ user ]

INTRODUCTION

mkpasswd generates passwords and can apply them automati- cally to users. mkpasswd is based on the code from Chapter 23 of the O'Reilly book "Exploring Expect".

USAGE

With no arguments, mkpasswd returns a new password. mkpasswd With a user name, mkpasswd assigns a new password to the user. mkpasswd don The passwords are randomly generated according to the flags below.

FLAGS

The -l flag defines the length of the password. The default is 9. The following example creates a 20 character password. mkpasswd -l 20 The -d flag defines the minimum number of digits that must be in the password. The default is 2. The following exam- ple creates a password with at least 3 digits. mkpasswd -d 3 The -c flag defines the minimum number of lowercase alpha- betic characters that must be in the password. The default is 2. The -C flag defines the minimum number of uppercase alpha- betic characters that must be in the password. The default is 2. The -p flag names a program to set the password. By default, /etc/yppasswd is used if present, otherwise /bin/passwd is used. The -2 flag causes characters to be chosen so that they alternate between right and left hands (qwerty-style), ReadyPak 1 MKPASSWD(1) USER COMMANDS 22 August 1994 making it harder for anyone watching passwords being entered. This can also make it easier for a password- guessing program. The -v flag causes the password-setting interaction to be visible. By default, it is suppressed.

EXAMPLE

The following example creates a 15-character password that contains at least 3 digits and 5 uppercase characters. mkpasswd -l 15 -d 3 -C 5

SEE ALSO

"Exploring Expect: A Tcl-Based Toolkit for Automating Interactive Programs" by Don Libes, O'Reilly and Associates, January 1995.

AUTHOR

Don Libes, National Institute of Standards and Technology mkpasswd is in the public domain. NIST and I would appreci- ate credit if this program or parts of it are used. ReadyPak 2 Prepared by Ready-to-Run Software, Inc.

 

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