Bug 55106 - Can't have > 8 characters in password
Can't have > 8 characters in password
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 55011
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: passwd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-10-25 14:13 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-03-26 23:49 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-10-29 16:08:36 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2001-10-25 14:13:27 EDT
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Description of problem:
Passwords > 8 characters can be assigned, but to log in RH 7.2 only accepts
the first 8 characters.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "passwd" as a user, or root
2. change password to something with more than 8 characters
3. try to log in with new password -- incorrect password
4. try to log in with first 8 characters of new password -- succeeds

Actual Results:  Should be explained clearly in reproduction steps above.

Expected Results:  I expect it to let me have passwords of > 8 characters.
 I expect to type (using earlier example) aeiou1234 as my password, and
have it accepted.

Additional info:

This is a FRESH RH 7.2 install + errata patches.  The only other software
I've installed on it is Qmail + ucspi-tcp + daemontools, and imap-2000.
To see a listing of RPMs installed, go to:


I'm listing this as a security issue, as it pertains to passwords.
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2001-10-29 16:08:31 EST
You might have a look at bug #55011, this may be the same problem.
Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2002-01-18 16:55:15 EST
This appears to be the same bug fixed in he errata advisory at
If installing this update does not fix the problem, please reopen this bug ID.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 55011 ***

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