• Subject: Re: Password Validation API
  • From: John Earl <johnearl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 06:13:15 -0800
  • Organization: The PowerTech Group

Mel,

Mel Rothman wrote:

> Increasing the incorrect password count could be a bad thing if it disables 
>the user
> profile.  One could argue that the count should be incremented only for an 
>invalid logon
> request and not for a validation request.

I respectfully disagree.  The API _should_ update the invalid password value 
because it _is_
a signon.  Just because you're not staring at QDSIGNON, doesn't mean that 
you're not signing
on.  You're still attempting to access the system as a particular validated 
user.  If you get
the password wrong, the Security Officer needs to know about it.

If you just want to validate that somone knows some secret password value, use 
a validation
list entry.  It can perform validation without exposing the profile to attack.

IMHO,

jte


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