changing md5 hashed for sha

Christopher J. Ruwe cjr at
Sat Jun 23 13:37:27 UTC 2012

For setting the dafault hash used to hash /etc/master.passwd, it has
been recommended changing md5 for something more secure in the sense of
being more expensive to crack.

The handbook describes the procedure used in
Allegedly, hashes which were hashed with one of the sha-functions begin
with the character $6$.

Afer having changed my /etc/login.conf accordingly and having reset the
passwords, the given there is not md5 anymore (I have tried with md5),
but does not begin with the character $6$, but, as md5, with $1$, which
is supposed to be md5-hashed.

I fear I am a bit dense here, what am I getting wrong?

Thanks and cheers,
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