Cron jobs fail with PAM error "Authentication token is no longer valid"

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Cron jobs are failing to run, and the errors similar to the following are seen in system logs:
crond[9876543]: (root) PAM ERROR (Authentication token is no longer valid; new one required)

When the following command is run, it is indicated in the output that the password must be changed:
chage -l root


The password for the root user is too old and must be updated. The password can be changed with the following command:



The password for the root user is too old.


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  • Document ID:000020882
  • Creation Date: 09-Dec-2022
  • Modified Date:25-Jan-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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