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passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


Root can change all users' passwords but no user is unable to change their own password. 
Each user receives this error when attempting to change their own password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error


A display of /etc/pam.d/common-password indicated that "Restricting Use of Previous Passwords" had been previously setup but the file  /etc/security/opasswd was mistakenly deleted.

Either restore the /etc/security/opasswd from backup to retain the history 
or create a new one as follows:
touch /etc/security/opasswd
chown root:root /etc/security/opasswd
chmod 600 /etc/security/opasswd


/etc/security/opasswd was missing

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  • Document ID:7022832
  • Creation Date: 10-Apr-2018
  • Modified Date:14-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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