maximum password length

Richard Smith richard at
Fri Aug 6 13:09:55 BST 1999

Quite by chance, my daughter discovered that FreeBSD is only treating
the first eight characters of the login password as significant. The man
page for passwd (as does the include file) suggests that the max length
should be 128. This is a fairly standard 3.2R installation (including
all the security bits) from the CD. 

Any clues? Or have I missed something?


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