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Bug #9833

Improve password validation on Windows

Added by Josh Cooper over 3 years ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

Status:AcceptedStart date:09/30/2011
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:-% Done:


Target version:-
Affected Puppet version:2.7.6 Branch:
Keywords:windows user password

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The user type does not allow ‘:’ to be in a user’s password, because it’s assuming the password format is a cryptographic hash. But that is a valid value for Windows passwords (since those are in cleartext). Ideally we should move the validation to the providers and for Windows, use the NetValidatePasswordPolicy function to validate the password, which takes into account any password complexity, length, etc requirements.

Related issues

Related to Puppet - Feature #8268: Basic Puppet agent support on Windows Closed 03/18/2011
Related to Puppet - Feature #13026: Manage user passwords on Windows without passing clear-te... Investigating 03/08/2012


#1 Updated by James Turnbull over 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

#2 Updated by James Turnbull over 3 years ago

  • Affected Puppet version set to 2.7.6

#3 Updated by Josh Cooper about 3 years ago

  • Keywords set to windows user password

#4 Updated by Chris Barker over 1 year ago

If we could validate the password being provided by puppet this would allow for us to warn users that their password wont meet complexity standards even in noop mode, which could warn users of a possible issue applying this change when it gets rolled into production.

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