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cracklib - A password-checking library.

Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cracklib/
License: Artistic
Vendor: Scientific Linux
CrackLib tests passwords to determine whether they match certain
security-oriented characteristics, with the purpose of stopping users
from choosing passwords that are easy to guess. CrackLib performs
several tests on passwords: it tries to generate words from a username
and gecos entry and checks those words against the password; it checks
for simplistic patterns in passwords; and it checks for the password
in a dictionary.

CrackLib is actually a library containing a particular C function
which is used to check the password, as well as other C
functions. CrackLib is not a replacement for a passwd program; it must
be used in conjunction with an existing passwd program.

Install the cracklib package if you need a program to check users'
passwords to see if they are at least minimally secure. If you install
CrackLib, you will also want to install the cracklib-dicts package.


cracklib-2.8.9-3.3.i386 [58 KiB] Changelog by Nalin Dahyabhai (2007-06-20):
- improve reports of out-of-memory exceptions so that they don't include a
  bogus filename (more on #225858)
- improve reports of file-missing exceptions from the python module so that
  they give the right filename

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