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Fedora 26 setup: can't set password

asked 2017-09-12 22:43:57 +0000

Andreas gravatar image

updated 2017-09-13 12:34:43 +0000

Trying to set up Fedora 26 workstation. On "Set a Password" I use the on-screen keyboard to type something in but the Next button is always disabled even though I'm sure I typed the same password in both fields. What gives (This site still doesn't allow me to type question marks or closing parentheses, sorry]

Setup says "This is a weak password", that's about all the feedback I can see on screen. It doesn't help much though - I already know it's a weak password, that's why I chose it. And I can't even find a button to skip this step.

How do I proceed with setup

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Big thanks to everyone that answered. I'll try them out and accept them at the next opportunity.

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Thanx! You posted this while I was researching my answer below.

sideburns ( 2017-09-12 23:46:58 +0000 )edit

@ozeszty Thank you for this crucial bit of information. If it's true that I can proceed by double-clicking Next, then I will happily give Fedora another chance. That's just a small UI design bug and not indicative of Fedora taking an unreasonable direction. If it had been a hard requirement OTOH, after a passing sense of disbelief I would have had to laugh it off and then never look back. I will try it out at first opportunity. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Also, consider making your comment into an answer so that I can accept it later.

Andreas ( 2017-09-13 01:18:26 +0000 )edit

PS. Weak passwords are not bad. They are just weak. There's nothing wrong with them if you have nothing worth protecting. Me, I have a Raspberry Pi without a hardware keyboard that I reformat on a whim. I want to play around, not type Correct Horse Battery Staple all over the place.

Andreas ( 2017-09-13 01:31:28 +0000 )edit

Correct Horse Battery Staple is better then, wait, what was it, trombone? No, troubador. And one of the Os was a zero?... ;)

Indeed, strong password won't help much if it can be removed it in minutes. Nevertheless, don't use anything from top 100 of most popular passwords and, if you have data to protect, use encryption with strong password.

ozeszty ( 2017-09-13 08:22:04 +0000 )edit

@sideburns, yeah, some pop-up notification about new updates to opened question would have saved me some time too...

ozeszty ( 2017-09-13 08:28:12 +0000 )edit

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answered 2017-09-12 23:25:19 +0000

ozeszty gravatar image

You have to confirm password by retyping it again underneath. If you click on Done or Next twice, it will save the password, even if it's weak (there should be a hint stating that). Of course, weak passwords are bad...

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answered 2017-09-12 23:44:19 +0000

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I've just posted an answer to your earlier question about using certain punctuation marks on this site. I hope it's a help to you. As far as your current password goes, Fedora has certain requirements built in for user passwords. Oddly enough, the same requirements aren't in force for the root password; I know, as mine is generally considered weak, but is obscure enough that an attacker would be very lucky indeed to find it before getting locked out for too many failed login attempts. About all I can suggest right now, is find a password that's close enough to your preferred one to be comfortable for you but strong enough to be acceptable to Anaconda. Once you've gotten Fedora installed and running, there may be ways to adjust the required password strength, but that's a different question, and one I couldn't answer because I've never had the need to research it. Good luck, and let us know if there's anything more we can do for you.

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Thank you for a quick reply. If Fedora doesn't allow me to pick any password I choose -- in contrast to @ozeszty's comment -- then that would unfortunately be unacceptable to me. It would be too unreasonable and arbitrary a requirement, as if to say that the designer knows what I need protection from -- but I don't. I'm behind a firewall and I don't have people snooping around in my home. I also don't have a keyboard, so it has to be short. At most, I want a login screen for symbolic value to tell my friends "don't mess with my stuff while I'm not looking".

Andreas ( 2017-09-13 02:02:25 +0000 )edit

answered 2017-09-13 03:35:51 +0000

florian gravatar image

updated 2017-09-13 15:30:24 +0000

You can choose whatever insecure password you want. You just have to press Done twice to confirm that you are aware of a weak password.

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