changing md5 hashed for sha

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Sun Jun 24 22:51:45 UTC 2012

"Christopher J. Ruwe" <cjr at> writes:

> 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'm not following. Are you saying that you are resetting the passwords
after setting login.conf, but new passwords aren't being created with
the new hash type? 

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