Title: The DBMS must support organizational requirements to enforce minimum password length.
Vulnerability ID: V-32460
IA Controls: None
Description: Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks.
To meet password policy requirements, passwords need to be changed at specific policy based intervals.
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.
Weak passwords are a primary target for attack to gain unauthorized access to databases and other systems. Where username/password is used for identification and authentication to the database, requiring the use of strong passwords can help prevent simple and more sophisticated methods for guessing at passwords.
Check Text: Check DBMS settings to determine whether organizational requirements for minimum password length are being enforced. If not, this is a finding.
Fix Text: Modify DBMS settings to enforce organizationally defined minimum password length.[divider]
If using Integrated Security Logins with SQL Server this setting is controlled by the domain administrators.
If using SQL Server generated logins the setting to control this is located in the Windows Password Policy on the server.
You can also use SQL Server Policy Management to ensure password not enforced by the Windows Password Policy meet the minimal requirements.