Bill Moran writes:
> I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't do this
> without establishing this as an entirely new algorithm. The hashes
> generated after your patch will not be compatible with existing password
> files, thus anyone who applies this will be unable to log in. Have you
> tried it?
Yes, which is why I reset my passwords after doing "make install", which
worked fine. I suppose I should have mentioned that in the first message. :)
People installing the OS fresh won't need to take this step.
Note that 1,000 is simply too low -- the security value of PHK's scheme is
lost as computers increase in speed. Therefore, taking a minute to update my
passwords is acceptable to me. Since there is 0 cost for people installing
fresh, there is no reason not to do it.
The blowfish algorithm should also be similarly tuned.