PHTN-30-000030 - The Photon operating system must enforce a minimum eight-character password 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 exponentially increase the time and/or resources required to compromise the password.


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Add the following, replacing any existing '' line:

password requisite dcredit=-1 ucredit=-1 lcredit=-1 ocredit=-1 minlen=8 minclass=4 difok=4 retry=3 maxsequence=0 enforce_for_root

Note: On vCenter appliances, the equivalent file must be edited under '/etc/applmgmt/appliance', if one exists, for the changes to persist after a reboot.

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Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000205, Rule-ID|SV-256507r887195_rule, STIG-ID|PHTN-30-000030, Vuln-ID|V-256507

Plugin: Unix

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