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The SLES for vRealize must prevent the use of dictionary words for passwords.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-89869 VRAU-SL-001510 SV-100519r1_rule Medium
If the operating system allows the user to select passwords based on dictionary words, this increases the chances of password compromise by increasing the opportunity for successful guesses and brute-force attacks.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.x SLES Security Technical Implementation Guide 2018-10-12


Check Text ( C-89561r1_chk )
Verify the "passwd" command uses the "common-password" settings.

# grep common-password /etc/pam.d/passwd

If a line "password include common-password" is not found then the "password checks in common-password" will not be applied to new passwords, and this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-96611r1_fix)
Configure the SLES for vRealize to prevent the use of dictionary words for passwords.

Edit the file "/etc/pam.d/passwd". Configure "passwd" by adding a line such as:

password include common-password

Save the changes made to the file.