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From: ggilliss at (Gregory A. Gilliss)
Subject: os x 10.2.x has 8 character password limit

AFAIK OS/X is based on a back level FBSD code base, 2.26 or something.
I *heard* that the next gen is *supposed* to be based on CURRENT (5.x).
For purists, OS/X *is* based on Mach, but Mach was written from the 
earlier FBSD (2.x) code line. As a consequence I suspect that there are
at *least* 60-70 local suid root exploits on OS/X (which matters little
except for servers of course).  A quick Google will retrieve several 
ancient FBSD local sploits (and code for the k1dd13z). If anyone can
confirm/clarify my suspicions I'd appreciate it. 


On or about 2003.11.25 10:59:29 +0000, Brett Hutley ( said:

> Most Unix operating systems have switched to using a more secure 
> encryption mechanism than the old-style crypt(3).

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