Choosing passwords on DiRT machines

Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 16:32:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: David Ott 
Subject: choosing pw's

I talked with Don and Kevin today about the more rigorous password check
mechanisms used by our department's AFS machines.

They mentioned that it would be a good idea for all of us, as a matter of
general policy, to first try a new password on an AFS machine before using
that password for DiRT accounts.

As a set of easy-to-follow steps, we're suggesting this:

1. Create two new password strings, one to be used on DiRT machines, and
the other which will become your new AFS password.

2. Try changing your AFS password to what will become your new DiRT
password.  Modify it as necessary until it accepts the change.  

3. Now change your AFS password to what will become your new AFS password.
Again, you may need modify it if you have not chosen a string which meets 
the cut.

4. Use your tested DiRT password for your account on DiRT machines.

Don't forget that you should never use the same password on both DiRT and
AFS machines, and that you should never reuse a password that you have
used in the past (something that AFS won't let you do anyway).


        > howto security-passwords

for more information on what AFS password requirements are.  

This message will be posted on the DiRT FAQ for future reference.


Author: David Ott
Last updated: 9/13/99