SLES-12-010150 - The SUSE operating system must enforce passwords that contain at least one upper-case character.

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Use of a complex password helps 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 SUSE operating system to enforce password complexity by requiring at least one upper-case character.

Edit '/etc/pam.d/common-password' and edit the line containing '' to contain the option 'ucredit=-1' after the third column.

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References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000192, Rule-ID|SV-217117r603262_rule, STIG-ID|SLES-12-010150, STIG-Legacy|SV-91771, STIG-Legacy|V-77075, Vuln-ID|V-217117

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 3f9fcb065137696fa88b7bc44f12825e987caa03fec5dfcafaf3daf3e078ef46