Thursday, May 27, 2010

How to Change password on non-admin user in SPLAT

Unbelievable, but true.

Passwd command is used by Checkpoint to change ONLY expert password :-)
Do not try to use "passwd " as that wont do the job :-)
[Expert@nd00001]# passwd
Enter new expert password:
[Expert@nd00001]# passwd user
Enter new expert password:

After a bit of scratching my head I got this:
[Expert@nd00001]# which passwd
alias passwd='/bin/expert_passwd'
[Expert@nd00001]# more /bin/expert_passwd

******** /bin/expert_passwd: Not a text file ********
Luckily there is still good old passwd stored in /usr/bin/:
[Expert@nd00001]# /usr/bin/passwd test
Changing password for user test.
New UNIX password:
BAD PASSWORD: it is too short
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

This strangely reminds me on the good old "su" hack. Lessons learned from that hack is: "Make sure you ALWAYS use full path to your binaries!!!"
Checkpoint confirmed that in a bit strange way ;-)

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