System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)

NIS+ Password Change Failures

Some systems limit either the number of failed attempts you can make in changing your password or the total amount of time you can take to make a successful change. (These limits are implemented to prevent someone else from changing your password by guessing your current password.)

If you (or someone posing as you) fails to successfully log in or change your password within the specified number of tries or time limit, you will get a Too many failures - try later or Too many tries: try again later message. You will not be allowed to make any more attempts until a certain amount of time has passed. (That amount of time is set by your administrator.)