Viewing the last time a Centos Linux user changed their password

I often forget about the Centos Linux chage utility, and it’s ability to manage the expiration data in /etc/shadow. In addition to being able to manage password policies, chage can be be run with the “-l” option to view the policy set for a user, and the date when a users password was last changed:

$ chage -l matty

Minimum:        0
Maximum:        99999
Warning:        7
Inactive:       -1
Last Change:            Dec 25, 2006
Password Expires:       Never
Password Inactive:      Never
Account Expires:        Never

If you have a security organization, ‘chage -l’ is a great command to allow them to run through sudo.

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