[dm-crypt] password -md5 in grub.conf/menu.lst

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Wed Aug 17 18:11:49 CEST 2011


P.S.: The "/" is an artefact of the encoding, no special
      meaning. It can be one of 4 characters. The hash gets
      patted by "1111" (binary) at the end.

On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 05:50:31PM +0200, Arno Wagner wrote:
> This seems to be a config file option of grub-md5-crypt,
> and has nothing to do with cryptsetup, dm-crypt or LUKS.
> 
> If I understand the documentation correctly, this is
> an md5-ed password that either secures interactive Grub mode
> or prevents script continuation before password entry.
> 
> The format seems to be the same as in /etc/shadow
> for md5 passwords. You can read up on it here:
> 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_password
> 
> Arno
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:17:16AM -0400, ken wrote:
> > 
> > In grub/menu.lst file my /boot partition is a line like this:
> > 
> > password --md5 $1$Mb9vxXPV$pAbcdTxr4Twh32XXgns2/
> > 
> > The last bit is 35 characters long.
> > 
> > 
> > Is this the hash digest of the passphrase?  Is the final slash character
> > (/) just another character or is it in some way especially significant?
> > 
> > tnx
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