How do I change the password in UNIX?
To modify a user's password or your own password in UNIX use the passwd command. Open the terminal and then type the passwd command entering the new password, the characters entered do not display on screen, in order to avoid the password being seen by a passer-by. The passwd command prompts for the new password twice in order to detect any typing errors. The encrypted password is stored in /etc/shadow file.
UNIX Task: Change Any Users Password
Login as the root user and type the command:
# passwd userName
# passwd vivek
# passwd tom
Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX password: passwd: password updated successfully
UNIX Task: Change Your Own Password
Simply type the passwd command:
(current) UNIX password: Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX password: passwd: password updated successfully