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The Photon operating systems must enforce a 90-day maximum password lifetime restriction.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258821 PHTN-40-000042 SV-258821r933524_rule Medium
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.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62561r933522_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify a 90-day maximum password lifetime restriction:

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

If "PASS_MAX_DAYS" is not set to <= 90, is missing or commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62470r933523_fix)
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