How to Resolve ‘passwd: Authentication token manipulation error’ for cPanel

passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

At times, a user may find themselves unable to update their password via cPanel. If your attempt to change the password fails, you should see a message that looks something like this:

Error: Changing password for user status.
Changing password for status
(current) UNIX password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

Chances are, if you’re receiving this message, then the issue is occurring due to incorrect permissions set to “/usr/bin/passwd”.


Changing Password Permissions

To fix this issue, you’ll want to set the permission as 4511. You can update the permissions by entering the following command into the terminal:

chmod 4511 /usr/bin/passwd

If entered correctly, this should resolve the issue, allowing you to change your password as desired.


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