Repeating Characters (UNIX)

Module: Password Strength

This option reports users whose password consists of a single repeating character, and no other characters (e.g. aaaa, qqqqqq, etc., up to 8 repetitions).

The following table lists the error message for the check.

Table: Error message for Repeating Characters

Message String ID and Category

Platform and Message Numeric ID

Message Title and Description

Additional Information


Category: ESM Error

UNIX (5330)

Title: Guessed user password

Description:Symantec ESM guessed the passwords of the accounts listed below. This is a security problem because an intruder can also guess these passwords while trying to break into your system. You should immediately assign more secure passwords to these accounts. Then instruct each user to login, using the more secure password, and change the password again. A secure password should have six to eight characters, should not be found in any dictionary, and should have at least one non-alphabetic character. A secure password should also not match an account or host name.

Severity: red-4

Correctable: false

Snapshot Updatable: false

Template Updatable: false

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