Coda File System

Re: Default Coda administrator password

From: Michael J. Lanham <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 15:34:35 -0400
1) i humbly say thank you for your patience
2) the archived maillist is rather obviously on the mailling list web page
3) you have answered this question numerous times...
4) the message with "changeme" was forgotten about by me...

Thank you....will spend more time digging before firing another shot :-)

Mike Lanham

> On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 02:47:50PM -0400, Michael J. Lanham wrote:
> > I am in the midst of following the add users' section of the manual
> > and cannot seem to set passwds...
> > 
> > [root_at_server db]# au -h scm nu
> > Your Vice name: coda
> > Your password: 
> > RPC2_Bind() --> RPC2_NOBINDING (F)
> > [root_at_server db]# 
> >  
> > coda is the userid (uid = 503) that I created on my local machine and
> > in /etc/passwd who is the administrator of coda.  pdbtool shows coda
> > as a user.  but when I type the passwd that exists in /etc/passwd, I
> We don't use the passwords from /etc/passwd for two reasons. First of
> all, Coda uses a shared secret based authentication scheme, so the auth2
> daemon likes to know your plaintext password. We could let the 'shared'
> secret be the crypted & salted version of the password, but you would
> then need to use shadow passwords as everyone can read this secret then
> from /etc/password.
> The second reason is that Coda doesn't employ strong encryption as is,
> but merely obfusticates things using a simple XOR encoding. By grabbing
> a couple of clog-auth2 authentications, it really isn't that hard to
> find the password.
> > get no joy from how do I set the passwd for the coda admin
> > since I never have set it in the first place?  cpasswd doesn't help
> > since I do not know what password set for user coda in the first
> > place....
> Right after giving the name of the Coda administrator a message was
> displayed that the admin password was set to "changeme".
> Jan

Michael Lanham
Captain, Infantry
United States Army

TA for CIS 4930/6930 Unix System Admin
Received on 2001-10-18 15:34:37