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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(LongPass11i3web0911)