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The SUSE operating system must employ a password history file.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234893 SLES-15-020240 SV-234893r622137_rule Medium
Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. 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.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38081r618948_chk )
Verify the password history file exists on the SUSE operating system.

Check that the password history file exists with the following command:

> ls -al /etc/security/opasswd

-rw------- 1 root root 7 Dec 13 17:21 /etc/security/opasswd

If "/etc/security/opasswd" does not exist, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-38044r618949_fix)
Configure the SUSE operating system to create the password history file with the following commands:

> sudo touch /etc/security/opasswd
> sudo chown root:root /etc/security/opasswd
> sudo chmod 0600 /etc/security/opasswd