When logging on to the Analyzer to view software inventory and usage information, users must supply suitable credentials. Most commonly, the Analyzer is configured to use the system’s security product (such as RACF) for authentication, and in this case a valid user ID and password is the minimum information that must be supplied to effect the logon.
However, the traditional 8-character password is no longer viewed as being sufficiently secure by many organisations, and so security products like RACF have added support for password phrases which can be up to 100 characters long. However, the Analyzer would only transmit the first 8 characters of the password character string to the system when requesting user authentication by the security product.
PTF UA96765 has now introduced password phrase support to the TADz Analyzer. Whether the input is a password or a password phrase is governed purely by its length. Password input which does not exceed 8 characters in length is processed as a classic password, whereas input with a length in the 9- to 100-character range is processed as a password phrase. Because phrases can consist of mixed-case letters, numbers and special characters including blanks, passwords will no longer be folded to upper case. As a result, the Analyzer setting AUTH_UPPERCASE=Y now has no effect.
Senior Technical Specialist