WN12-AC-000004 - The password history must be configured to 24 passwords remembered.

Information

A system is more vulnerable to unauthorized access when system users recycle the same password several times without being required to change to a unique password on a regularly scheduled basis. This enables users to effectively negate the purpose of mandating periodic password changes. The default value is 24 for Windows domain systems. DoD has decided this is the appropriate value for all Windows systems.

Solution

Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Windows Settings >> Security Settings >> Account Policies >> Password Policy >> 'Enforce password history' to '24' passwords remembered.

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_MS_Windows_2012_and_2012_R2_DC_V3R4_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION

References: 800-53|IA-5(1)(e), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000200, Rule-ID|SV-226059r794296_rule, STIG-ID|WN12-AC-000004, STIG-Legacy|SV-52853, STIG-Legacy|V-1107, Vuln-ID|V-226059

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: e2d43a3c37c00ca96ff5719597ac9d474bf70d3671faf5c2192d477e01268954