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     rpc.nispasswdd, nispasswdd - NIS+ password update daemon

     /usr/sbin/rpc.nispasswdd [-a attempts] [-c minutes] [-D]  [-
     g] [-v]

     rpc.nispasswdd daemon is an ONC+ RPC service  that  services
     password  update requests from nispasswd(1) and yppasswd(1).
     It updates password entries in the NIS+ passwd table.

     rpc.nispasswdd is normally started  from  a  system  startup
     script   after  the  NIS+  server  (rpc.nisd(1M))  has  been
     started. rpc.nispasswdd will determine whether it is running
     on  a  machine  that is a master server for one or more NIS+
     directories. If it discovers that the host is not  a  master
     server,  then  it will promptly exit. It will also determine
     if rpc.nisd(1M) is running in NIS  (YP)  compatibility  mode
     (the  -Yoption)  and will register as yppasswdd for NIS (YP)
     clients as well.

     rpc.nispasswdd  will  syslog  all  failed  password   update
     attempts,  which  will  allow  an administrator to determine
     whether someone was trying to "crack" the passwords.

     rpc.nispasswdd has to be run by a superuser.

     -a attempts     Set the maximum number of  attempts  allowed
                     to authenticate the caller within a password
                     update request session. Failed attempts  are
                     syslogd(1M) and the request is cached by the
                     daemon. After the maximum number of  allowed
                     attempts the daemon severs the connection to
                     the client. The default value is set to 3.

     -c minutes      Set the number of minutes a failed  password
                     update  request should be cached by the dae-
                     mon. This is the time during  which  if  the
                     daemon   receives  further  password  update
                     requests for the same user  and  authentica-
                     tion  of  the  caller fails, then the daemon
                     will simply not respond. The  default  value
                     is set to 30minutes.

     -D              Debug. Run in debugging mode.

     -g              Generate DES credential. By default the  DES
                     credential  is not generated for the user if
                     they do not have  one.  By  specifying  this
                     option,  if the user does not have a creden-
                     tial, then one will be  generated  for  them
                     and stored in the NIS+ cred table.

     -v              Verbose. With this option, the daemon  sends
                     a  running  narration of what it is doing to
                     the syslog daemon. This option is useful for
                     debugging problems.

     0        success

     1        an error has occurred.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWnisu                    |

     svcs(1), nispasswd(1), passwd(1), yppasswd(1), rpc.nisd(1M),
     syslogd(1M),  svcadm(1M),   nsswitch.conf(4), attributes(5),

     NIS+ might not  be  supported  in  future  releases  of  the
     Solaris  Operating  system.  Tools to aid the migration from
     NIS+ to LDAP are available in the current  Solaris  release.
     For            more            information,            visit

     The rpc.nispasswdd service is managed by the service manage-
     ment facility, smf(5), under the service identifier:


     Administrative actions on this service,  such  as  enabling,
     disabling,  or  requesting  restart,  can be performed using
     svcadm(1M). The service's status can be  queried  using  the
     svcs(1) command.

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