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Old 07-20-2007
Hammer & Screwdriver Password limitations.

I would like to set my minimum password length to on Linux and AIX.

However, doing this normally would only make it so newly added users will be affected by this. I would like for when I make this change, it either truncates everyone elses password, or prompts them to change it to 8+ characters.

Is this possible?????
# 2  
Old 07-20-2007
If you want to make sure that all users have 8 caracters password after the change, you may need to force the change:

passwd -f
# passwd -f username

pwdadm - f

# pwdadm -f ADMCHG username

I would make sure you have some people to take support calls when you do so...unless you don’t have many users.
# 3  
Old 07-25-2007
Enforcing Password - on first login

By using the passwd -f (username) command- .this will enfore a new password on the first login attempt. This works was wandering if their was a way to incorporate this into the user account creation. To be a little clearer- when the administrator is creating a new account- unix will ask for the new password - is their any script that can be run that once the temporary password has been entered twice- unix will automatically run the passwd -f (username) command and hence save the administrator time from manually using this command.

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