[DragonFlyBSD - Bug #2316] Ungraceful invalid password handling for adding a new user in the installer

Mark Towler via Redmine bugtracker-admin at leaf.dragonflybsd.org
Sun Feb 26 08:03:44 PST 2012

Issue #2316 has been reported by Mark Towler.

Bug #2316: Ungraceful invalid password handling for adding a new user in the installer

Author: Mark Towler
Status: New
Priority: Normal
Target version: 


I tried adding a new user in the configuration portion of the installer, and was warned that the password couldn't contain the following characters :;,`~!@#$%^&*()+={}[]\|/?<>'"

Then, when I tried adding the user again, but with no password, I was told there was an error: error 65

Looking through the log showed that the user already existed, so that's why I was getting the error 65.


When an invalid password is entered, the handling of errors should be made more graceful.  Instead of giving an error number, a human-readable error message should be generated.  Also, password validity checks should be done before an attempt to create the user is made, not afterwards.  If the password is invalid, no attempt to create a user should be allowed at all.

Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be any good reason to restrict the passwords from containing all those special characters.  If anything, they should be encouraged, as they make passwords more secure.

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