If you use the "chpasswd" utility that comes with shadow-utils it does
not generate md5 passwords if the system is using md5 passwords, which
really sucks considering everyone uses the default md5 passwords now.
There is a good chance that all system password utilities do not grok
Create a list of passwords like this:
chpasswd < userlist
It adds the passwords to the system alright, but not md5'd. Sounds like
the system passwd utils should have a feature audit. Reason I stumbled
on this was I was trying to find a solution for someone wanting to add
numerous users to the system using shadow+md5 and I've so far been unable
Kindof important for ISP's, univ's, etc.. IMHO.
chpasswd still 3 years later, generates non-md5 passwords when the
system is set to use MD5 by default... (tested on Fedora Core 1)
Setting status to "WONTFIX", as it's been 3 years since I submitted
this issue, and the problem still remains. It seems low priority
enough that it is unlikely we will implement this.