Password History Count

Document ID : KB000025242
Last Modified Date : 27/08/2018
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Question:

How does the Password History Count work?

 

Answer:

As an Administrator you are able to reset user's password. The count figure, is the number of consecutive unique passwords allowed before a password can be reused when it is changed by the user.

The first time the password is set; it is set by the Administrator User [admin] to a value (such as lowercase letter 'c'). This does not 'count' in the history. The history starts increasing when the user changes the password for first time.

Example:

If count is set at 1

Password       User       Change 
  c             Admin      Allowed -- count is NOT incremented 
  d             User       Allowed -- count + 1 for letter 'd' 
  c             User       Allowed -- count + 1 for letter 'c' -- allowed as there is no
                                                                  history kept when the Admin
                                                                  1 st set the password 
  d             User       Not Allowed -- count + 1 for letter 'c' 
  c             User       Not Allowed -- count + 1 for letter 'd' 
  c             Admin      Allowed -- count is NOT incremented 
  d             Admin      Allowed -- count is NOT incremented