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The Photon operating system must be configured so that passwords for new users are restricted to a 90-day maximum lifetime.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-239100 PHTN-67-000028 SV-239100r675108_rule Medium
Description
Any password, no matter how complex, can eventually be cracked. Therefore, passwords need to be changed periodically. If the operating system does not limit the lifetime of passwords and force users to change their passwords, there is the risk that the operating system passwords could be compromised.
STIG Date
VMware vSphere 6.7 Photon OS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-17

Details

Check Text ( C-42311r675106_chk )
At the command line, execute the following command:

# grep "^PASS_MAX_DAYS" /etc/login.defs

If the value of PASS_MAX_DAYS is greater than 90, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-42270r675107_fix)
Open /etc/login.defs with a text editor.

Modify the PASS_MAX_DAYS line to the following:

PASS_MAX_DAYS 90