Jim,

That is still applicable here with our heightened security.
Many devices have a single, discrete device ID
All PC's have a specified prefix (i.e. mypcA, mypcB, etc.)

We have autoconfig on... but we also have limited the creation of virtual devices QAUTOVRT - a bad actor cannot continually try on a new device ID.
(also, the users can't just keep adding 5250 display sessions).

Given what I've seen this year, I would suggest all shops adopt a "ultra high security environment"
All of our internal connections to the IBM i are SSL/TLS except for the RF devices that run telnet emulators.

My 2 cents.

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jim Oberholtzer
Sent: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:54 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Enable Disabled Users and Devices

And to handle the varied off device, that's simple, STOP varying the device
off. (change system value)

Back when twinaxial ruled, it made sense to vary off the device if someone
blew up a password, it was a possible signal that the device was being used
to break in, particularly if it was out in the warehouse or factory floor.
But now with telnet, where the system simply makes another device it makes
no sense at all.

The exception to this would be if all sessions were set with a discrete
device ID and autoconfigure is turned off, but I don't know too many that
do that today outside of ultra high security environments.

--
Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 8:23 AM Bob Schwartz <rschwartz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:



date: Tue, 2 Nov 2021 12:53:26 +0000
from: Greg Wilburn <gwilburn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
subject: Enable Disabled Users and Devices

We recently switched to password level 3 (in addition to quite a few
other
security changes). This has been in place for several months now and we
have a epidemic of disabled user ID's and varied off devices. While this
inconvenience is tolerable during normal working hours, it's killing
productivity during the off-hours/days that IT coverage is not available.

Is there any way to automate enablement of passwords that are disabled by
invalid sign on attempts - say after 15-20 minutes?
Same question for devices varied off by too many invalid password
attempts?



Greg, we handle the disabled user profiles with the Message Monitor in
Navigator for i.
Monitor for CPF1393, then call a CLP to handle the situation.

Bob Schwartz
Director of Technical Services
Glynn County Board of Education
1313 Egmont Street
Brunswick, GA 31520

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