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Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 21:38:16 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Owl-current 2003/11/03 ISO image / CDs available; pam_passwdqc 0.7.5


As Openwall GNU/*/Linux (Owl) is approaching a new release, I have
started generating ISO images of the current branch snapshots.  The
latest snapshot dated 2003/11/03 is also available with the CD orders
you may place off the web page:

Alternatively, it may be downloaded from /pub/Owl/current/iso/ on the
FTP mirrors listed at:

This is the first Owl ISO image / CD to officially use Linux 2.4.x
kernels (2.4.22-ow1 currently).  Linux 2.2.x remains supported too.

On another topic, there's a new version of pam_passwdqc, the password
strength checking PAM module.  pam_passwdqc 0.7.5 will now assume
invocation by root only if both the UID is 0 and the PAM service name
is "passwd"; this should fix changing expired passwords on Solaris
and HP-UX and make "enforce=users" safe.  The proper English
explanations of requirements for strong passwords will now be
generated for a wider variety of possible settings.  pam_passwdqc is
available at:

Of course, this new version of pam_passwdqc is also a part of the
Owl-current snapshot above.

Alexander Peslyak <>
GPG key ID: B35D3598  fp: 6429 0D7E F130 C13E C929  6447 73C3 A290 B35D 3598 - bringing security into open computing environments

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