problems with a new account, sshd, mkpasswd, and login

Daniel Danger Bentley
Thu Mar 4 22:43:00 GMT 2004

At the moment, the more infuriating problem is the inability to login over
ssh.  So I guess my question is:  where does ssh check the passwd?
/etc/passwd doesn't seem to contain the information, and I was under the
impression that the windows and the cygwin passwords were not synchronized.

While I'm on it:  why does passwd say 5 letters minimum, 8 letters maximum
for a password?


----- Original Message ----- 
To: "Daniel Danger Bentley" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: problems with a new account, sshd, mkpasswd, and login

> On Thu, 4 Mar 2004, Daniel Danger Bentley wrote:
> > I attempted to create a new account on my machine.  I added the user in
> > Then I did mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd.  I started and stopped sshd using
> > Also, I may have inadvertantly used passwd on both the old and new
> > to change the passwd.  I have since mkpasswd -l'ed and passwd'ed each
> > account to the password I want.  But when I ssh in, I can login to
> > account.  Any ideas?
> Daniel,
> Do the accounts have valid SIDs?  Do they belong to groups that have valid
> SIDs in your /etc/group file?  Is the default shell for each user
> executable by that user?  Is a user's home directory accessible by that
> user?  What does adding a '-vvv' flag to ssh show?
> > Also, when I just use login to log into the new account, I get
> > denied on /bin/bash.  Any ideas there?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Dan
> Does <> make things
> clearer?
> Igor
> -- 

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