A user calls you and asks to reset his password, you confirm that it is actually the user on the phone, and he says his username is bobsmith, you are in a Linux environment. What is the appropriate command for resetting his password?
"sudo passwd bobsmith" will run the passwd utility as a super user and will prompt you to enter a new password for bobsmith. "chown" is used to change file ownership, the syntax provided is also incorrect. "su bobsmith" will allow you to run commands as bobsmith. The "pwd" command shows your Present Working Directory, it has nothing to do with passwords.
passwd is a tool on most Unix and Unix-like operating systems used to change a user's password. The password entered by the user is run through a key derivation function to create a hashed version of the new password, which is saved. Only the hashed version is stored; the entered password is not saved for security reasons.
When the user logs on, the password entered by the user during the log on process is run through …