Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 14365
don't encript passwords
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:56 EDT
useradd and usermod utilites don't encript passwords (MD5) when MD5
encripted passwords is enabled
(Everytiheng is fine with for example kuser )
This behavior is intentional, you're supposed to supply the encrypted password
so people looking at your screen or history file don't know the user's password.
Check the man pages.