3.26. Authentication Configuration

If you are performing a personal desktop, workstation or server installation, please skip ahead to Section 3.27 Package Group Selection.

You may skip this section if you will not be setting up network passwords. If you do not know whether you should do this, please ask your system administrator for assistance.

Unless you are setting up NIS authentication, you will notice that only MD5 and shadow passwords are selected (see Figure 3-24). We recommend you use both to make your machine as secure as possible.

To configure the NIS option, you must be connected to an NIS network. If you are not sure whether you are connected to an NIS network, please ask your system administrator.

Figure 3-24. Authentication Configuration


To change your authentication configuration after you have completed the installation, use the authconfig command.

Type the authconfig command in a shell prompt. If you are not root, it will prompt you for the root password to continue.