AIX not accepting new password change
Posted on 2009-04-10
I am fairly new to AIX and last evening I had to implement some more strict password characteristics. This morning my users are being prompted to change their password based on the new criteria and for some they are having no issue but for others it will not accept their new password.
3004-602 The required password characteristics are:
a maximum of 8 repeated characters.
a minimum of 5 alphabetic characters.
a minimum of 2 non-alphabetic characters.
a minimum of 7 characters in length.
The consistency seems to be that once they go above the 8 character mark it kicks back and does not take the password...unless of course they match criteria within the first 8 charcters of the new password.
google09pirate will be excepted however
googlepirate09 will be rejected
I did some searching and saw that in AIX 6.1 a LPA mechanism was implemented allowing for more than 8 characters, but since we are on AIX 5.3 that is not an option. So I'd like to know if I missed a parameter in SMIT somewhere that is making it so the characteristics must take place in the first 8 character fields or if this is by design and nothing can be done?
Thanks in advance.