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Change Password Algorithm

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SYMPTOMS
  • SSH login only requires first eight (8) characters of the password
  • htaccess authentication only requires the first eight (8) characters of the password


SOLUTION
Login to your server or VPS via SSH as the root user. The password algorithm can be updated for passwords set for shell users by running the following command (REDHAT based systems, ie. Fedora, CentOS, RHEL):
authconfig --passalgo=md5 --kickstart
Now reset the shell users' passwords:
passwd USERNAME




To use SHA encyption for htaccess passwords, reset a user's password as follows:
htpasswd -bs FILE USERNAME PASSWORD


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