How do I change my password(s)?
To update your NIS/LDAP password, log onto shell.cs.utah.edu, and run:
This will change your password across all the *nix machines in the department.
Note that some systems run caching daemons and it may take upwards of 10 minutes for the old password to expire from the cache.
To change your Active Directory password log onto shell.cs.utah.edu and run:
smbpasswd -r sodom.cs.utah.edu
We regularly run our password database against various password crackers. If your password is vulnerable, your account will be locked without warning.
What if I’ve forgotten or need to reset my SoC password(s)?
There is a web front end with options for NIS/LDAP/*nix (shell.cs, Linux systems, email, web, etc.) and Active Directory (Windows, VPN) that let you sync your local password(s) to your uNID‘s password.
Note thahttps://www-old.cs.utah.edu/cgi-bin/forgot-passwd.cgit some systems run caching daemons and it may take upwards of 10 minutes for the old password to expire from the cache.
How do I pick a secure password?
A good strategy it to pick a phrase that you can remember and then use the first letter of each word in the phrase. Modify it with uppercase, numbers, and symbols. e.g.
all good dogs go to heaven
Make sure your password (for NIS) is 8 chars in length. Anything longer gets truncated. Do not pick a proper noun or a word from any language! Even permutations of words will most likely be caught by the password cracker.
How do I to test my own password to see if it is crackable?
John the Ripper is Open Source software. You can run it against this word list: /uusoc/facility/contrib/tag/john/8chr.lst. You may get your passwd via the getent command on shell.cs.utah.edu.
Do not email support to ask for your current password. It is encrypted and we cannot decipher it for you. Never respond to an email that asks for your password. It is a phishing scam. We’ll never ask for your password.