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V-57187

The operating system must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used.

Finding ID
SRG-OS-000266-GPOS-00101
Rule ID
SV-71447r1_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-OS-000266-GPOS-00101
CCI
CCI-001619
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity or strength is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password complexity is one factor in determining how long it takes to crack a password. The more complex the password, the greater the number of possible combinations that need to be tested before the password is compromised. Special characters are those characters that are not alphanumeric. Examples include: ~ ! @ # $ % ^ *.

Fix Text

Configure the operating system to enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used.

Check Content

Verify the operating system enforces password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used. If it does not, this is a finding.