Does a sysadmin know your password?

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I'm a software engineer at a small company.  We've been having problems with our email hosting service. Not so much the company, but the service.  While working through the issue with our sysdamin, he asked me for my password and I gave it to him without thinking. Later, it occurred to me that no one has ever asked me for my password.  
Shouldn't he just have access to it?

ASKED: November 27, 2013  4:44 PM
UPDATED: November 28, 2013  8:55 AM

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No. Passwords are stored in the database in encrypted formats and even the system admin should not be able to decrypt it. Yes, as suggested, for your security, do change it afterwards.

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  • CharlieBrowne
    On most system you can change your password yourself; thus the sysadim does not have it. If he is asking for it, it means he is going to sign on as you. When he asked for it, you should have asked why. They may be a valid reason, but you may also may want to change it after he is done with it.
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  • carlosdl
    "Shouldn't he just have access to it?"

    No, he shouldn't.  And, as Charlie suggested, you should change your password after he finishes testing your account.
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  • TomLiotta

    Shouldn't he just have access to it?

    No.

    And I agree that you should now change your password as a basic matter of principle.

    Tom

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