Mandrake Linux passwd program used with PAM authentication fails to use md5 encryption

linux-passwd-weak-encryption (7706) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

The passwd program in Mandrake Linux uses weaker than expected encryption when used with PAM (Pluggable Application Module) authentication files. The PAM files used with the passwd program in Mandrake Linux do not support md5 encryption. If a password is changed after installation or a new account is created, the new password would not use md5 encryption.


Consequences:

Other

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of passwd (0.64.1-9.1 or later), as listed in MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2001:091 : passwd. See References.

References:

  • BID-3683: Mandrake passwd PAM md5 Support Lacking Vulnerability
  • CVE-2001-1190: The default PAM files included with passwd in Mandrake Linux 8.1 do not support MD5 passwords, which could result in a lower level of password security than intended.
  • MDKSA-2001:091: Updated passwd packages fix lack of md5 support
  • OSVDB ID: 59516: Mandrake Linux passwd Default PAM File Password Security Weakness

Platforms Affected:

  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1

Reported:

Dec 12, 2001

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