What is a simple password?

  • 10067445
  • NOVL68509
  • 10-Jan-2002
  • 15-Dec-2002

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Fact

Novell NetWare 5.1

Novell NetWare 6.0

Novell Native FIle Access Pack (NFAP)

NFAP v 1.0

Novell Native File Access Pack for Windows NFAW 1.01

Novell Native File Access for Macintosh

Novell Native File Access for UNIX

Novell Modular Authentication Service

Goal

What is a simple password?

Fix

The simple password is an login method made available as part of  NMAS (Novell Modular Authentication Service). NMAS users can access the network using a variety of authentication methods including smart card methods (smart card/ token readers), biometric methods (fingerprint, retinal scan, etc) or password methods (nds password, simple password, enhanced password).

The simple password is an encrypted password (encrypted through the NMAS engine), and is stored in the directory as an attribute of the user.  Simple passwords can be created/ managed through ConsoleOne or NetWare Remote Manager.  (See tid TID 10064790 How to create SIMPLE PASSWORDS)

Goal

Why does an NFAP workstation need a Simple Password?

Fix

Client-less workstations cannot send NDS/ NCP calls, and therefore cannot  use the NDS password.
Therefore, NFAP workstations use the Simple Password.  

Goal

Why isn't the NDS password used to create the simple password?

Fix

Except in the case where 'clear text' is enabled for mac users, it is impossible (even for Novell) to decrypt the NDS password and plug its value into the simple password.  

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