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How can I stop my droplet from asking to change my password?

  • Posted September 4, 2014

Just created a new droplet (Debian 7/x64) and logged in via SSH. After login, before dropping to a shell, sshd asks to change my password, which I did, successfully. But after logging out and logging in again, it keeps doing so. Any clue on how to disable this? I’ve tried looking at /etc/ssh/sshd_config, /etc/login.defs, /etc/pam.d, and using usermod + chage, all to no avail.

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I did and I can already login. But instead of the shell prompt, I always get the change password prompt.

If I do “ssh root@ip somecommand” I’m getting the warning:

WARNING: Your password has expired
Password change required but no TTY available.

But I’m not seeing my password as expired. Here’s the redacted /etc/shadow entry:

root:$6$...:16317:0::14:::

It would be better anyway if you disable the password auth and instead use ssh key auth


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Ah, my bad. Turns out it is still showing password as expired because of ssh connection sharing (-S). If I turn off connection sharing (or use a new connection), the problem goes away:

# ssh -S none root@IPADDRESS
...
root@host:~#

I had this problem when I tried to remove ssh authentication and instead use username/password while using mup (Meteor deployment utility). When I ssh’ed into the server, it asked me to change the password, and then things were good from that point on.

To view information about password expiration you can run:

chage -l root

Running it without the -l flag will allow you to change the expiration date.