AIX must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used. (Cat II impact)
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: ~ ! @ # $ % ^ *.
Run the following command to check the system default value for "minspecialchar" attribute: # lssec -f /etc/security/user -s default -a minspecialchar The above command should yield the following output: default minspecialchar=1 If the default value is "0", or the default value is empty, this is a finding. From the command prompt, run the following command to check "minspecialchar" attribute value for all accounts: # lsuser -a minspecialchar ALL The above command should yield the following output: root minspecialchar=1 user1 minspecialchar=1 user2 minspecialchar=2 user3 minspecialchar=1 If any account has "minspecialchar=0", or the "minspecialchar" value is not set, this is a finding.
From the command prompt, run the following command to set "minspecialchar=1" for the default stanza in "/etc/security/user": # chsec -f /etc/security/user -s default -a minspecialchar=1 Run the following command to re-check "minspecialchar" values for all users: # lsuser -a minspecialchar ALL For each user who has "minspecialchar=0", set its "minspecialchar" to "1" by running the following command from command prompt: # chsec -f /etc/security/user -s [user_name] -a minspecialchar=1
Rule ID: SV-215227r808442_rule
Vulnerability ID: V-215227
Group Title: SRG-OS-000266-GPOS-00101
The information system enforces password complexity by the minimum number of special characters used.