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Convert from shadow to passwd file, need reboot?

 
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Nic Stupinski
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Convert from shadow to passwd file, need reboot?

HP-UX 11.23

I was running a trusted system and intended to convert to a nonsecure system (passwords in /etc/passwd).

Well, I'm not sure exaclty what happened but I ended up with the passwords in /etc/shadow.

I must have gave a wrong answer within bastille and it converted it to shadow passwords after I untrusted via Sam. I can see in the bastille log where the system was converted to shadow passwords. ..but I thought I answered all of the questions correctly. ??

Anyways, I now need to convert from shadow passwords to /etc/passwd.

My question is - Is a reboot really necessary after running the pwunconv command?

I'm seeing a mention of that in an v11.11 doc but the man pages and newer docs don't seem to mention it.

Are there any other gotchas?

Thanks,
Nic
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: Convert from shadow to passwd file, need reboot?

Shalom,

The tsconvert utility works both ways, to trusted or from trusted to non-trusted. I would not describe the latter as not secure.

A reboot is not required but is a good idea after such a conversion for testing and validation purposes.

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Nic Stupinski
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Re: Convert from shadow to passwd file, need reboot?

Thanks, Steven.