Operating notes for passwords in enhanced secure mode

The following rules are in effect when enhanced secure mode is enabled or the system is transitioning to enhanced secure mode.
  • Switching access levels, for example, from manager to operator, requires going through the appropriate authentication process for that access level.

  • Passwords must be at least 8 characters.

  • The password for operator, manager, or ROM cannot be disabled. See Secure mode(FIPS).

  • If a password is changed, it has to be entered twice, unless it is already hashed by SHA1 in the existing command for Operator or Manager.

  • When setting the password at the Operator level, the word “Manager” cannot be a user name; conversely, when setting a password at the Manager level, the word “Operator” cannot be a user name. These are case-insensitive.

  • A password is required for every login regardless of access level. The user name corresponding to the login level (Manager/Operator) must be specified.

  • Access to ROM functionality is password protected.

  • When there is a Standby Management Module (SMM), the passwords are synchronized to the SMM.