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HP-UX LongPassword

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HP-UX LongPassword increases the maximum password length from 8 to 255 characters in Shadow Mode. HP-UX LongPassword 11i3 is available on HP-UX 11i v3 systems with shadowed passwords.



HP-UX LongPassword features and benefits


·         Increased maximum password length for user passwords stored in /etc/shadow

o       LongPassword11i3 increases the maximum password length from 8 to 255 characters on HP-UX 11i v3 systems in shadow mode.

·         Improved cross-vendor compatibility

o       LongPassword11i3 improves cross-vendor compatibility of password hashes prefixed with $6$, such as passwords hashed with the SHA512-based algorithm available in PHI11i3. The LongPassword feature ensures that passwords longer than 8 characters can be used in HP-UX 11i v3 authentication.


Requirements and restrictions


·         Requires HP-UX 11i v3

·         Requires the HP-UX PHI11i3 bundle available in AR0903 and later releases

·         Can be installed only on systems with shadowed passwords (passwords stored in /etc/shadow)

·         Supported with files. Not supported with other nameserver switch backends such as NIS. To configure your system to use only files, verify the passwd: line in /etc/nsswitch.conf contains only files.

·         To use the HP-UX Accounts and Management tool with HP-UX LongPassword 11i3, you must install the product UserAndGroups B.11.31.0909 available in AR0909 and later releases.

·         The uucpd daemon does not work with LongPassword11i3. Do not install LongPassword 11i3, if you plan to use the uucpd daemon.

·         Some third party applications might assume password length is limited to 8 characters. These applications do not function correctly with HP-UX LongPassword 11i3.





Additional product information
Product #: LongPassword11i3
Version: B.11.31.01
Software specification: HP-UX 11i v3