Dr Paul Dale paul.dale at
Sun Jan 19 01:45:07 UTC 2020

I meant “what default makes the most sense for the passwd command line application?”
It was crypt which is deprecated.  Should it be BSD’s MD5?  One of the SHA2 based algorithms?  Or should it produce an error if no algorithm is selected?

Dr Paul Dale | Distinguished Architect | Cryptographic Foundations 
Phone +61 7 3031 7217
Oracle Australia

> On 19 Jan 2020, at 12:28 am, Kurt Roeckx <kurt at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:47:04AM +1000, Dr Paul Dale wrote:
>> Could the people who work with distros confirm this default choice or suggest what they use please?
> I'm not sure what you're asking, but crypt() has moved on from
> using DES like 20 years ago, see crypt(5).
> Kurt

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