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Required password length

A year ago our company had a security audit, one of the items listed is the password for the 4240 did not meet the "password shall be a minimum of six characters" requirement. The documentation for 7.0 clearly states that you will be required to change password the first time you login and the password will be a minimum of 8 characters.

My question is did this change in some version? if so which version? If this is the way it has always been any idea where I can find documentation to prove it to the auditors?



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Re: Required password length


According to the IPS documentation, the requirement of 8 characters minimum for the password can be found on all versions all the way back to IPS version 4.x:

Step 2 You are prompted to change the default password.

Passwords must be at least eight characters long and be strong, that is, not be a dictionary word.

Here is link to all the "Install and Upgrade Guides" for IPS versions from 4.x to the latest 7.x:

The 8 character minimum for the password is mentioned under "Initializing the sensor" in all versions.

Hope that helps!

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