June 11, 2001

Building blocks to security: Passwords

Author: JT Smith

LinuxSecurity: "Passwords -- the first line of defense and the oldest form of security on Unix systems -- might seem a very
tired topic. You might even think there would be nothing left to say about passwords but, even today, people
are making the same basic mistakes -- choosing obvious passwords, writing passwords down, or sharing
passwords -- that they were making 10 years or more ago. When even a systems administrator is likely to
set a user's password to "password" whether by intention or because the user has requested it, one has to
wonder how much of our new awareness of the importance of system security has impacted day-to-day


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