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I am currently running a Solaris 2.5 mail server and using Netscape as the main browser to get the mail unfortunatly Netscape does not allow a Unix password change.  Can you recommend a software package that can help in the changing of passwords?
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See if is any GNU password utility on those MIT and SUN Sites. Usually the passwd file in Solaris exist in /etc/passwd file or sometimes there are utilities(I have never used Solaris as root) that even if it exist the /etc/passwd file the real passwds are not there but somewhere like /etc/passwd.hld or /etc/passwd.hold

If you want to change your personal password in Solaris type "passwd" and you will be prompted to change your password at that system. Netscape is a browser and not a utility. Second thing: Do you login in your Solaris(telnet for example) because from the question you are using you do not look like a root user(root is the the most powerful user in all the Unix systems). While I am typing this I am in front of a Linux System and logged in as root. In my position now I can change everybody's password if I want. I can open the file /etc/passwd and remove the entry of the password for a particular user and later login as him and change his password.
Now at your position I think you should contact your ISP to know how they can let you change your password. Most of them do it from the Web. Some of them use telnet so you can change it right from the system using "passwd" command. You better call them up and tell them how you are supposed to change your password, and remember that you do not need to tell anybody your password even if it is from the ISP. The ISP System adminstrator(root) can see your password he do not ask for that. The only people who ask for that are the ones who do not have access to the /ect/passwd file in that Solaris.

Good Luck ...
 
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albberat is correct, if you want to change a password on your local station all you have to do is type in "passwd username". This allows you to change any users password if you know their old password.

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This still doesn't answer my question.  I do not want to have to go in and change the password myself or allow the users to telnet in and change their passwords.  I want a front end app to expire their password through netscape or microsoft outlook.
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 pjglick!
 
 "I want a front end app to expire their password through netscape or microsoft outlook." -- What do you mean by this?

 I know something that you usually they do not let you change the password in Unix through a browser. That can be done through a browser and this is true but the CGI script which is going to do the change should have superuser authority. This means that the "nobody" that usually runs the script has extreme power. This is very dangerous and I have not seen yet a script such as this one running out there. They do have another method. What they do is that they secure a directory and you submit the password change in a simple file and later lets say after 3-4 hours the system administrator change that for you by reading what you submitted(your new passwd). If you want to change it instantly I think the only way that today exist is the telnet.
Outlook 97/98 does not have any authority at all in changing passwords in Solaris as far as I know.

 Another question. Are you a user and you want to change the password for yourself or you own a Solaris and want to manage the users passwords?

 Please be more specific...

 
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