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M204.0351  New password rejected

Your request to change your password at login time, or to change a file or group password at OPEN time, or in response to a LOGCTL command has not been successful. Either the new password was longer than the eight-character limit, or you do not have sufficient privileges to change it. Or, if the Password Expiration feature is installed at your site, you may have violated other password rules established for your site.


Response as follows:

  • Verify with your system manager that you have the appropriate privilege to change your own password.
  • Correct the new password and retry the command.

System manager response:

If an external authorizer is active or if your site has imposed additional password restrictions, the user may have violated the local rules for changing passwords. These violations can include:

  • Password too short
  • Password too long
  • Password contains character or prefixes not allowed
  • Password cannot be user ID or user initials
  • Old password cannot be reused

These rules are customized according to your site authorizer. You may have to talk with your installation security officer to determine what violation applies.

Message attributes:

RETCODEO=0Sets online return code
RETCODEB=4Sets batch (single user) return code
CLASS=EError class; the message can be suppressed with the X'04' bit setting of the MSGCTL parameter
AUDITERWrites the message with line type ER to the audit trail
COUNTIncrements the error count (ERCNT) parameter

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