Support for colons in passwords
- Default value
- Parameter type
- Where set
- On User 0's parameter line
- Related products
- Model 204 version 7.6 (requires zap 76Z291)
Note: This parameter is available only in version 7.6. It is superseded by additional password functionality in version 7.7.
Before the implementation of PWDCOLON, a colon used in a login password always indicated that the user was changing their password, with the colon being the delimiter between the old and new:
LOGON USERID old password:new password
PWDCOLON=1 is set in CCAIN, a user can use a colon as part of their login password. But they cannot change
their password using the colon delimiter; passwords can only be changed by the system manager using the LOGCTL C command or by using $Sir_Login.
If PWDCOLON is not set on, users can still change passwords using old password:new password.
When using $Sir_Login to login, for example when using an APSY-full-screen interface invoked via the CCAIN parameter VTLAPSY parameter, the password can be changed in the $Sir_Login function call, where there is no requirement for an old password/new password delimiter.