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Datacom support for security passphrases or long passwords

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Article ID: 128913

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Datacom Datacom/AD Datacom/DB

Issue/Introduction

As many companies work toward a more secure environment for their applications and infrastructure tools, expanding password capabilities from the traditional 8-character limitation to longer passwords or the use of passphrases is being considered.

In order to provide enhanced security, can passphrases be used in Datacom products?

Environment

Component : Datacom/DB

Component : Datacom/AD 

Resolution

Datacom products currently support internal passwords that are a maximum of eight characters long for certain functions. In addition to this capability, we support the ability to secure the user databases and product functions using a site's current Security Authorization Facility (SAF) with IBM RACF, ACF2, or Top Secret. This functionality is called External Security for Datacom, and is a highly configurable and robust means of managing access to Datacom resources and functions.

At this time, there are no plans to modify the existing internal security processing to accommodate longer passwords or passphrases, and we encourage clients who want to utilize this capability to implement External Security for Datacom. Through the use of security paths defined to the Datacom Multi-User Facility (called MUF) and the capabilities of wildcards and groups in the SAF definitions, customers have the ability to provide a very generic or a granular access plan.

Additional Information

For further information about using the External Security features for Datacom products, please refer to the Administrating documentation section titled "Security Overview."

As always, please contact Broadcom support for Datacom if you have further questions.