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The SLES for vRealize must prohibit password reuse for a minimum of five generations.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-89585 VRAU-SL-000400 SV-100235r1_rule Medium
Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. If the information system or application allows the user to consecutively reuse their password when that password has exceeded its defined lifetime, the end result is a password that is not changed as per policy requirements.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.x SLES Security Technical Implementation Guide 2018-10-12


Check Text ( C-89277r1_chk )
Verify that the SLES for vRealize prohibits the reuse of a password for a minimum of five generations by running the following commands:

# grep pam_pwhistory.so /etc/pam.d/common-password-vmware.local

If the "remember" option in /etc/pam.d/common-password-vmware.local is not "5" or greater, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-96327r1_fix)
Configure pam to use password history.

If "remember" was not set at all in /etc/pam.d/common-password-vmware.local, run the following command:

# sed -i '/pam_cracklib.so/ s/$/ remember=5/' /etc/pam.d/common-password-vmware.local

If "remember" was set incorrectly, run the following command to set it to "5":

# sed -i '/pam_cracklib.so/ s/remember=./remember=5/' /etc/pam.d/common-password-vmware.local