On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM, Kevin Chadwick firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
When upgrading to a stronger hash I have never tested if it stops you from using the same password when the hashes are different because it matches both but I expect, that would be how it works. Is that the issue? In that usually you would expect a password change at upgrade time but on a new install that may not be a consideration.
Exactly. I assume the reason passwd does not allow you to set the same password, is because sometimes you have to change your password, for example on systems that have an expiration date for passwords. Choosing the same password would beat the purpose. Again, this isn't really a problem, so let's not continue this conversation on the mailing list, spamming everyone's inboxes.
Regards, Chris Sakalis