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How to view password and session security settings

lauren palmaccio
Occasional Contributor

How to view password and session security settings

Is it possible to view password and session security settings if no /tcb/files/auth/system/default file found, no /etc/shadow file found, and /etc/profile does not show Idle Session Time out. If yes, how?
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James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to view password and session security settings

Hi Lauren:

Have a look at your '/etc/default/security' file. Examine the manpages for 'security(4) and for passwd(1)' as they relate to your release. You don't offer the HP-UX release that you are running.

Regards!

...JRF...
lauren palmaccio
Occasional Contributor

Re: How to view password and session security settings

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Michael Steele_2
Honored Contributor

Re: How to view password and session security settings

Hi

Of course. Ever hear the phrase about passing passwords out in the open? That's a network reference. Telnet doesn't use encrypted passwords. This means any network sniffer like tcpdump or etheral can see these passwords by monitoring a port or lan.
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Bill Hassell
Honored Contributor

Re: How to view password and session security settings

Are you asking if the password can be viewed on the network or are you asking about the various settings for security? Without /tcb (which is a Trusted system) or the shadow password product installed on your system, the settings are very simple. Use the command:

passwd -s userName

This shows the username and security status where status PS=passworded; LK=locked; and NP=no password. If there is a date, then the user has an expiration time. If not, the user's password never expires. see: man passwd


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