Re: Need help with unix passwd file

Kurt Schafer ( (no email) )
Wed, 2 Jul 1997 15:13:33 -0400

Yes, I realize that the import is an over time process. I copied my
master.passwd file into my data directory (and renamed it to passwd) and
loaded up radius in -x15 mode.

When I performed a sample login, it appears to have hashed the password and
compared it to the encrypted password in the passwd file but they did not
match. I'm thinking our former admin might have played with the hash
routine on our unix box ?

If you could make some suggestions I would appreciate it. I've got Emerald
2.2.31 installed from the Beta directory (the one with the roaming servers
options) as well as the RadiusNT from the same directory.

I'm not sure where the 'password replace' option you mention can be found
unless it's a command line switch.


> From: Dale E. Reed Jr. <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Need help with unix passwd file
> Date: Wednesday, July 02, 1997 2:14 PM
> Kurt Schafer wrote:
> >
> > I need to import passwords from my existing Unix master.passwd file
> > our up and coming Emerald database.
> >
> > Anybody who could shed some light on the steps needed to make this work
> > would be greatly appreciated.
> There is no way to automatically add the users. BUT, if the users are
> already in Emerald, copy your passwd file into your c:\radius directory
> (or wherever you specified your data directory). In Emerald, set all
> the user's passwords to "UNIX", without the quotes. This will signal
> RadiusNT to authenticate the users from the passwd file.
> The password replace option changed from 1.16.60 to 2.2. For RadiusNT
> 2.2, if you set the password replace option on, when RadiusNT comes
> upon the user and they have either UNIX, WINNT, WINNT\*, or ANY as their
> password, it will replace it with the password it received from
> the NAS as long as the password check was good and the authentication
> method was PAP.
> This is not an immediate import procedure. Its a slow trickle of
> the passwords over for those users who login atleast one time. I don't
> see the notes on what the option was for 1.16.60. If you want to use
> the password replace, send email directly to me and I'll talk to you
> about it.
> --
> Dale E. Reed Jr. (
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