HOW TO: Ensure Symantec Encryption Managment Server administrators use a strong passphrase

Article:HOWTO83483  |  Created: 2013-01-31  |  Updated: 2014-01-03  |  Article URL
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ISSUE: Symantec Encryption Management Server (formerly PGP Universal Server) Administrator accounts do not have password complexity requirements by default.


Use the following steps to enforce password complexity:

  1. Connect to the server using SSH or PuTTY. (Click here to see how).
  2. Edit /etc/ovid/
  3. Add the following line somewhere in the file and save it:

  4. Restart the tomcat and httpd services:

    pgpsysconf --restart tomcat
    pgpsysconf --restart httpd


After taking these steps, a new passphrase for an administrator must meet all of the following requirements:

  • at least 8 characters long
  • at least one lower case letter
  • at least one upper case letter
  • at least one number
  • at least one punctuation mark



This information was verified as of version 3.3.0 of the Symantec Encryption Management Server (formerly PGP Universal server).

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