OL07-00-010280 - The Oracle Linux operating system must be configured so that passwords are a minimum of 15 characters in length.

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The shorter the password, the lower the number of possible combinations that need to be tested before the password is compromised.

Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password length is one factor of several that helps to determine strength and how long it takes to crack a password. Use of more characters in a password helps to increase exponentially the time and/or resources required to compromise the password.


Configure operating system to enforce a minimum 15-character password length.

Add the following line to '/etc/security/pwquality.conf' (or modify the line to have the required value):

minlen = 15

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References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000205, Rule-ID|SV-221686r603260_rule, STIG-ID|OL07-00-010280, STIG-Legacy|SV-108215, STIG-Legacy|V-99111, Vuln-ID|V-221686

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 19d2d2a16c3a7f8c8a14107ac23d083c8ca094ff3cd76c45e808c60a81a80bfe