Can somebody explain to me why if I alter the sys or system passwords on Oracle 8.1.7 the original and new passwords both work when logging in using svrmgrl. I am issuing the following command as a sysdba user:

alter user system identified by xxxx;

alter user sys identified by xxxx;

After channing the password, I can login as a system or sys using either the old or new password via svrmgrl.

I have tried to re-created the PWDxxxx file, but this does not help. I have tried to removed the service by using oradim and re-creating the service with a new internal password, but this does not help.

Any help would be appreciated.