root password

Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at
Tue Aug 21 20:09:22 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-08-21 at 15:23 -0400, Jimmy Wu wrote:

> Are those really Md5 hashes?  I thought (correct me if i'm wrong) that
> an md5 hash was exactly 32 bytes of hexadecimal. 

Yes, they are.  The field includes the "salt". The salt is after the 2nd
'$' and the hash is after the 3rd. e.g.


An MD5 hash is 128 bits which is encoded in the 22 characters in the
shadow file.
Smoot Carl-Mitchell
System/Network Architect
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