RHEL: Can /etc/shadow passwords be decrypted?

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  • Can /etc/shadow passwords be decrypted? We are planning to migrate some of the users to a different authentication provider (Active directory) and would like to know if the existing linux passwords can be obtained in clear text format.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Active Directory

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