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V-71531

The CA API Gateway must enforce a minimum 15-character password length.

Finding ID
CAGW-DM-000160
Rule ID
SV-86155r1_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000164-NDM-000252
CCI
CCI-000205
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

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. The shorter the password, the lower the number of possible combinations that need to be tested before the password is compromised. Use of more characters in a password helps to exponentially increase the time and/or resources required to compromise the password.

Fix Text

In order to change the default setting: - Log in to Gateway via SSH. - Open /etc/login.defs. - Change the value for PASS_MIN_LENGTH to desired value. Then: - Change the PASS_MIN_LENGTH field to desired value in the following files: -- /etc/pam.d/password-auth -- /etc/pam.d/password-auth-ac -- /etc/pam.d/system-auth -- /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac Note: Must be a value of "15" or greater.

Check Content

Verify the CA API Gateway configuration files for passwords (/etc/login.defs, /etc/pam.d/password, /etc/pam.d/password-auth-ac, /etc/pam.d/system-auth, and /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac) each have this line: PASS_MIN_LEN 15. If the CA API Gateway configuration files for passwords (/etc/login.defs, /etc/pam.d/password, /etc/pam.d/password-auth-ac, /etc/pam.d/system-auth, and /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac) do not have the line requiring minimum 15-character password length, this is a finding.