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Package john missing, but used by seccheck

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 Service Pack 4


The seccheck and scripts report :
ERROR: "Password security checking not possible, package john not installed."
The and will continue to run without john installed, they just will not check for weak passwords using  functionality provided by the missing package.
This is because the package john is not provided with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), although it is used by seccheck. The reason for this decision is that the john package is considered a cracking tool and such not suitable for a general purpose operating system like SLES.


Packages for "john" are available in the security repositories of OpenSUSE buildservice also for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.
It might be included in later Service Packs for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 to deliver full functionality of seccheck.

Additional Information

Formerly known as TID# 10098579


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  • Document ID:7008164
  • Creation Date: 21-Mar-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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