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Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 15:59:54 -0500 (CDT)
From: Constance Sieh <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Cracklib checking of passwords is already present in Linux 5.0.
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> |Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 13:54:17 -0500 (CDT)
> |From: Constance Sieh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> |Subject: Reminder that we have Linux available
> |To: email@example.com
> | This is a reminder that Linux is available at Fermi. Desktop support
> |was announced in January 1998. The web page below has a link to this
> |announcement. Please note that only "intel" systems are supported.
> | Fermi Linux is based on RedHat 5.0 with lots of patches. It is almost
> |RedHat 5.1. Please DO NOT use generic RedHat 5.0 or 5.1 as there are
> |many things broken in each most notably security issues.
> Please make this list of patches available.
We have documented this list on our web pages. We also have them available
via ftp at
These 2 documents are copies of the release documents for the errata from
RedHat. All of these errata have already been incorporated in our release
as described on our web page.
> Please include a choice for locations from which the
> patches can be availed, preferably including off-site locations.
All of these patches can be obtained from
which is the site that linux-rep mirrors.
> | On-site installation is via an on-site install server. Information and
> |installation instructions can be obtained at;
> | There is a discussion mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org .
> | If you have any questions or problems please send them to
> |Connie Sieh
> |OSS Field Systems Support
> |Group Leader
> The code for applying Cracklib 5.0 checking of password
> strength is already present in Red Hat 5.0; but, unfortunately,
> the necessary dictionaries are not provided. This fact
> was discovered during a discussion between Chris Green of CDF
> and I about how to implement something similar to the checking
> I implemented in the passwd command on cdfsga. We checked the
> sources of the password management subsystem and discovered that
> the facility was present but with a null dictionary.
> The ``missing'' dictionary files may be generated by downloading the
> dictionary sources and regenerating them. I also have them
> available in cdfsga.fnal.gov:~herber/cracklib_dict.*:
> -rw-r--r-- 1 herber g163 1024 Sep 9 13:54 cracklib_dict.hwm
> -rw-r--r-- 1 herber g163 6348280 Sep 9 13:54 cracklib_dict.pwd
> -rw-r--r-- 1 herber g163 357216 Sep 9 13:54 cracklib_dict.pwi
> The corresponding *.asc files are PGP signature files signed by me.
> The files are installed by copying them to /usr/lib on one's
> Linux system. As the files are believed to be quite sensitive
> to hardware, I would only consider using them on Intel CPUed
> Linux systems of recent vintage.
Thanks Randy for doing this. We will make a "RPM" of them and add them to
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