Linux password manipulation in Python

Steven Taschuk staschuk at
Tue Mar 18 02:46:04 CET 2003

Quoth Gary Herron:
> How does one deal with encrypted passwords on a Linux system which
> uses shadow passwords?
> The 'crypt' module has an example in its documentation of encrypting a
> password (and then comparing to the contents of the /etc/passwd file),
> but that example explicitly states it does not support shadow
> passwords.  And when I use crypt to encrypt a known password, I do not
> get anything like the contents of the /etc/shadow file.

The example repudiates support for shadow passwords just because
that script doesn't go looking into /etc/shadow (and presumably
the user running it does not have the privileges to), not
necessarily because of a difference in algorithm.

FWIW, crypt.crypt does, on my machine, produce exactly what I find
in the /etc/shadow file:

	# grep ^sjt /etc/shadow

	>>> crypt.crypt('foobar', '1M')

(Temporary password for illustrative purposes, obviously.)

Steven Taschuk                          staschuk at
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