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What does :!: after the username in the etc\passwd file means? I know :x: means that the password is encrypted and that it is located in the shadow file, but ...
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- 07-07-2011 #1
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What does :!: after the username in the etc\passwd file means?
Last edited by MikeTbob; 07-08-2011 at 01:37 AM. Reason: disabled smilies
- 07-08-2011 #2
The man page for the shadow file ("man 5 shadow") gives us the details of the password field:
If the password field contains some string that is not a valid result of crypt(3), for instance ! or *, the user will not be able to use a unix password to log in (but the user may log in the system by other means).
- 07-08-2011 #3
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I tried to fix it for you but I don't think I can.
EDIT: There we go, I figured it out.