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I have a RegEx that make sure that only alpha a-z or number 0-9 are accepted, it works but now my client wants to make sure that the password includes at least one uppercase letter some where and one number.

awawawaw or 12345678 will no longer be accepted it has to be something line awaw1awA.

It doesnt matter where the uppercase or number is I the password as long as one of each is provided.

I purchased RegexBuddy and it tell me that this is the correct syntax but it dose not work.

This is how I used it.

\A(?=\S*?[A-Z])(?=\S*?[a-z])(?=\S*?[0-9])\S{6,}\z

if( preg_match('\A(?=\S*?[A-Z])(?=\S*?[a-z])(?=\S*?[0-9])\S{6,}\z,$_POST['Password']) )

Can anyone help? Or dose anyone has a better way to check that the password has the nessesary chars the password length is 8-12  
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by:cubeeq
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I am afraid it is not possible with RE, because there is infinite possibilities how to count matching upper case letters, therefore it is not possible to construct finite automata on this. I suppose it is CF grammar ;-)
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by:ozo
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That requires an upper case letter, a lower case letter, a digit, and 6 or more non-space characters. so "awaw1awA" qualifies
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by:Roger Baklund
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I suggest you use separate regexps for testing that:

$has_uppercase = preg_match('/[A-Z]/',$pass);
$has_digit = preg_match('/[1-9]/',$pass);
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Roger Baklund earned 500 total points
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Something like this:
function valid_pass($pass) {
  $invalid = preg_match('/[^A-Z0-9]/i',$pass);
  $has_uppercase = preg_match('/[A-Z]/',$pass);
  $has_digit = preg_match('/[1-9]/',$pass);
  if(!$invalid and 
     strlen($pass) >= 8 and 
     strlen($pass) <= 12 and
     $has_uppercase and
     $has_digit) return true;
  else return false;
}

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by:rcleon
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Thank you all!!!!
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