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MAKEKEY(1)							    MAKEKEY(1)


NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     makekey - generate	encryption key

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/lib/makekey

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     makekey improves the usefulness of	encryption schemes depending on	a key
     by	increasing the amount of time required to search the key space.	 It
     reads 10 bytes from its standard input, and writes	13 bytes on its
     standard output.  The output depends on the input in a way	intended to be
     difficult to compute (i.e., to require a substantial fraction of a
     second).

     The first eight input bytes (the input key) can be	arbitrary ASCII
     characters.  The last two (the salt) are best chosen from the set of
     digits, .,	/, and upper- and lower-case letters.  The salt	characters are
     repeated as the first two characters of the output.  The remaining	11
     output characters are chosen from the same	set as the salt	and constitute
     the output	key.

     makekey is	intended for programs that perform encryption.	Usually, its
     input and output will be pipes.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

      
      
     ed(1), crypt(1), vi(1), passwd(4)


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