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CHPASSWD(8)                         System Management Commands                        CHPASSWD(8)

NAME
       chpasswd - update passwords in batch mode

SYNOPSIS
       chpasswd [options]

DESCRIPTION
       The chpasswd command reads a list of user name and password pairs from standard input and
       uses this information to update a group of existing users. Each line is of the format:

       user_name:password

       By default the passwords must be supplied in clear-text, and are encrypted by chpasswd.
       Also the password age will be updated, if present.

       By default, passwords are encrypted by PAM, but (even if not recommended) you can select a
       different encryption method with the -e, -m, or -c options.

       Except when PAM is used to encrypt the passwords, chpasswd first updates all the passwords
       in memory, and then commits all the changes to disk if no errors occured for any user.

       When PAM is used to encrypt the passwords (and update the passwords in the system
       database) then if a password cannot be updated chpasswd continues updating the passwords
       of the next users, and will return an error code on exit.

       This command is intended to be used in a large system environment where many accounts are
       created at a single time.

OPTIONS
       The options which apply to the chpasswd command are:

       -c, --crypt-method METHOD
           Use the specified method to encrypt the passwords.

           The available methods are DES, MD5, NONE, and SHA256 or SHA512 if your libc support
           these methods.

           By default, PAM is used to encrypt the passwords.

       -e, --encrypted
           Supplied passwords are in encrypted form.

       -h, --help
           Display help message and exit.

       -m, --md5
           Use MD5 encryption instead of DES when the supplied passwords are not encrypted.

       -R, --root CHROOT_DIR
           Apply changes in the CHROOT_DIR directory and use the configuration files from the
           CHROOT_DIR directory.

       -s, --sha-rounds ROUNDS
           Use the specified number of rounds to encrypt the passwords.

           The value 0 means that the system will choose the default number of rounds for the
           crypt method (5000).

           A minimal value of 1000 and a maximal value of 999,999,999 will be enforced.

           You can only use this option with the SHA256 or SHA512 crypt method.

           By default, the number of rounds is defined by the SHA_CRYPT_MIN_ROUNDS and
           SHA_CRYPT_MAX_ROUNDS variables in /etc/login.defs.

CAVEATS
       Remember to set permissions or umask to prevent readability of unencrypted files by other
       users.

CONFIGURATION
       The following configuration variables in /etc/login.defs change the behavior of this tool:

       SHA_CRYPT_MIN_ROUNDS (number), SHA_CRYPT_MAX_ROUNDS (number)
           When ENCRYPT_METHOD is set to SHA256 or SHA512, this defines the number of SHA rounds
           used by the encryption algorithm by default (when the number of rounds is not
           specified on the command line).

           With a lot of rounds, it is more difficult to brute forcing the password. But note
           also that more CPU resources will be needed to authenticate users.

           If not specified, the libc will choose the default number of rounds (5000).

           The values must be inside the 1000-999,999,999 range.

           If only one of the SHA_CRYPT_MIN_ROUNDS or SHA_CRYPT_MAX_ROUNDS values is set, then
           this value will be used.

           If SHA_CRYPT_MIN_ROUNDS > SHA_CRYPT_MAX_ROUNDS, the highest value will be used.

           Note: This only affect the generation of group passwords. The generation of user
           passwords is done by PAM and subject to the PAM configuration. It is recommended to
           set this variable consistently with the PAM configuration.

FILES
       /etc/passwd
           User account information.

       /etc/shadow
           Secure user account information.

       /etc/login.defs
           Shadow password suite configuration.

       /etc/pam.d/chpasswd
           PAM configuration for chpasswd.

SEE ALSO
       passwd(1), newusers(8), login.defs(5), useradd(8).

shadow-utils 4.2                            03/29/2016                                CHPASSWD(8)

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