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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-240544 VRAU-SL-001500 SV-240544r671373_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 2023-09-22


Check Text ( C-43777r671371_chk )
Check "/etc/pam.d/common-password" for "pam_cracklib" configuration:

# grep pam_cracklib /etc/pam.d/common-password*

If "pam_cracklib" is not present, this is a finding.

Ensure 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, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-43736r671372_fix)
Edit "/etc/pam.d/common-password" and configure "pam_cracklib" by adding a line such as "password requisite pam_cracklib.so"