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Changing your password

Due to a required security upgrade, all DC Unix passwords have been reset. Follow the steps below to change your password and regain normal access to your accounts:

  • Login either physically on a Linux or Solaris system, via ssh, via telnet, or via rlogin/rsh
    • You can use if you aren't sure which host to use for remote login.
  • Enter your Access Card ID as your password (with all the leading zeroes. It should be 11-digits long)
    • If your Access Card ID does not work, try the password: 2change1t (That's the number '2', the word 'change', the number '1', and the letter 't')
  • Follow the prompts to change your password. (You may change it back to what it was before the migration, though see the below note)
  • NOTE: The changed password must be at least 7 characters long and contain at least 1 letter and 1 non-letter (like a number or punctuation)

If you have further issues or questions, please contact DC support:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 1989 option 2

Affected services

All DC Unix services are affected by this change. These include:

  • Linux and Solaris local logins
  • SSH
  • FreeNX
  • FTP
  • Telnet
  • rlogin

Note that all Windows services are unaffected.


You MUST log in and change your password before you can resume using services like e-mail or FTP. If you try to check your e-mail before changing your password, it will fail, even if you use the correct temporary password.

Linux Password Chat

  • SSH
$ ssh -l<username>'s password: <Access Card ID>
Warning: password has expired.
Last login: Mon Sep  8 16:01:07 2008 from
WARNING: Your password has expired.
You must change your password now and login again!
Changing password for user username.
(current) Password: <Access Card ID, again>
New password: <Your new password>
Retype new password: <Your new password, again>
  • Telnet
$ telnet
Connected to linux60501.
Escape character is '^]'.

login: <username>
Password: <Access Card ID>
Warning: password has expired.
(current) Password: <Access Card ID, again>
New password: <Your new password>
Repeat new password: <Your new password, again>
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