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Question about passwd file (Linux) Feb 08 2013 12:24PM
Arpita Gavshinde (AGavshinde securview com)
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I have a question about passwd file in Linux where when 'x' for a particular user is deleted from /etc/passwd file, system doesnot ask for password to log into the system. But when pasword is set again for that user again, then instead of showing 'x' in /etc/passwd file, MD5 hash of new password is shown. Why is it so ?

Thanks in advance

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