OL07-00-010150 - The Oracle Linux operating system must be configured so that when passwords are changed or new passwords are established, the new password must contain at least one special character.

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Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks.

Password complexity is one factor of several that determines how long it takes to crack a password. The more complex the password, the greater the number of possible combinations that need to be tested before the password is compromised.


Configure the operating system to enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used by setting the 'ocredit' option.

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

ocredit = -1

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References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-001619, Rule-ID|SV-221672r603260_rule, STIG-ID|OL07-00-010150, STIG-Legacy|SV-108189, STIG-Legacy|V-99085, Vuln-ID|V-221672

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: c86b22829eb6f0229ff01b57b22beda07511fb5044a13cce5635dabe09f5b9b5