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OpenVMS 8.3, Password Strength Enforcement

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John T. Farmer
Regular Advisor

Re: OpenVMS 8.3, Password Strength Enforcement

One thing I ran into is a problem with dislaying messages. If POLICY_PLAINTEXT returns a failure (ss$_abort) I display messages to indicate what rule(s) was not met.

The display works fine from the SET PASS command. However, if setting the password at login time, i.e., PWDEXPIRED, then the rules are enforced, but messages don't display.

Is there a workaround for this? I am using standard COBOL display statement to show messages. Other than this, I am very happy with our results. Great information from this group!


Willem Grooters
Honored Contributor

Re: OpenVMS 8.3, Password Strength Enforcement

Try using LIB$PUT_OUTPUT or use LIB$SIGNAL if you have VMS status codes (make the value an odd one if you wish to continue ;))

Willem Grooters
OpenVMS Developer & System Manager