Introduction to libpwquality

The libpwquality package provides common functions for password quality checking and also scoring them based on their apparent randomness. The library also provides a function for generating random passwords with good pronounceability.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

libpwquality Dependencies


User Notes:

Installation of libpwquality

Install libpwquality by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: pwscore and pwmake
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /etc/security

Short Descriptions


is a simple configurable tool for generating random and relatively easily pronounceable passwords.


is a simple tool for checking quality of a password.

contains API functions for checking the password quality.

is a Linux PAM module used to perform password quality checking.

Last updated on 2015-09-25 08:48:24 -0500