System Administration Guide: Security Services

ProcedureHow to Specify a New Password Algorithm for an NIS Domain

When users in an NIS domain change their passwords, the NIS client consults its local algorithms configuration in the /etc/security/policy.conf file. The NIS client machine encrypts the password.

  1. Specify the password encryption algorithm in the /etc/security/policy.conf file on the NIS client.

  2. Copy the modified /etc/security/policy.conf file to every client machine in the NIS domain.

  3. To minimize confusion, copy the modified /etc/security/policy.conf file to the NIS root server and to the slave servers.