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The file /etc/shadow has a couple date fields that are expressed as the number of days since Jan 1, 1970. Is there an easy way using to get a list of users and the calendar date of the last password change, and the expiration?

Ref: man shadow(5)

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There was an answer that got deleted, while somewhat wrong, did lead me in the correct direction.

Using gawk's strftime combined with some arithmetic gives me what I wanted.

cat shadow | gawk -F: '{ print $1 ":" strftime("%Y%m%d",86400*$3) ":" strftime("%Y%m%d",86400*$4)}'

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report password status on the named account passwd -S username

for user in $(cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd); do sudo passwd -S $user; done

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+1 That would works, but not in my particular case. I am gathering information for all users, from a copy of the shadow restored to a temp folder from the backup, I was trying to track down some password changes to see if they are related to a system being potentially compromised. – Zoredache Apr 13 '12 at 19:24
for n in $(sudo cat /etc/shadow | awk '{FS=":";print $3}'); do date -d "01/01/1970 +${n}days" +%F; done 
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