RE: managing passwords
From: Sites, Brad (BSites_at_mem-ins.com)
To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 17:22:41 -0600
On Tuesday, January 06, 2004 4:07 PM, Chris W. Parker is quoted as saying:
> Ben Yau <mailto:email@example.com>
> on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 1:45 PM said:
>> How many user accounts/passwords do you have to remember?
> There are probably 20 +/- 5 accounts that require some sort of
> password. Too much for me to remember, especially when I don't use
> them all everyday, some not even once in a month or more.
If you know your own user account and the root account (both should have
their passwords changed on a frequent basis) then you do not have to
remember any other account password. If you can get to root, then you can
su - to any other account on the box without the password. That cuts the
number that you have to remember down to a manageable two for your Linux
>> Everywhere I have worked I've only known two passords (maybe a few
>> more) . my unix uesrname, and root. Occasoinally I would remember a
>> third (windows login) as I didn't want my windows and unix logins to
>> be the same.
> Well I'm the system administrator here (if you can call me that!) so I
> have to know everything.
If you know roots password, then you know everything! ;) Just kidding.
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