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Configuration error - unknown item 'ENCRYPT_METHOD_NIS' message

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3


The error message
 configuration error - unknown item 'ENCRYPT_METHOD_NIS' (notify administrator)
appears when running useradd, usermod, after upgrading from SLES15 SP2 to SLES15 SP3.


Install the latest version of login_defs package:
zypper update login_defs
In the file /etc/login.defs comment out or delete the line with ENCRYPT_METHOD_NIS:
vim /etc/login.defs


ENCRYPT_METHOD_NIS has been deprecated in SLES 15 SP3 and the old configuration file /etc/login.defs has been preserved when migrating from SLES15 SP2.

# rpm -qi --changelog shadow

- Update to 4.8:
lun ago 19 2019
- encryption_method_nis.patch: drop, DES should really not be used anymore anywhere, even with NIS
- shadow-login_defs-suse.patch: remove encryption NIS entry


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  • Document ID:000020663
  • Creation Date: 31-May-2022
  • Modified Date:14-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications
    • SUSE Manager Server

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