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http://www.go2linux.org – /etc/shadow file Description This files stores passwords in an encrypted mode, in modern Unix-like systems, (later than 1990). Before this date the passwords were stored in the /etc/passwd file. In the passwd file the passwords were also shadowed, but because any user has access to it, (read permission, only root can write), the access to the shadowed file, make it easy to appy brute force break passwords attempts. <!--break--> How to avoid such brute force attacks? According to Wikipedia. Systems administrators can reduce the likelihood of such brute force att (HowTos)