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Does client-server password allow for mixed case and special characters?

  • 1.  Does client-server password allow for mixed case and special characters?

    Posted 04-07-2020 10:59 AM
    Just checking in. Since it may be a while before passphrase is implemented (please vote everyone! - it's primary election day here in Wisconsin ;)  ).

    I am checking to see if anyone knows of any restrictions on the password regarding mixed-case and special characters.
    I am just beginning my search of the standard support and techdoc pages.

    Any hints, how-tos, gotchas, caveats, etc. from anyone who may have been through this already?

    Thanks in adavance for any and all feedback.

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    Doug Seaver
    Systems Development Services Specialist
    CA Gen Tool Support
    WisDOT
    Madison, WI, USA
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  • 2.  RE: Does client-server password allow for mixed case and special characters?

    Posted 04-07-2020 06:33 PM
    Hi Doug,
    Research of old support cases indicates that Gen will pass mixed-case passwords from client to server without any change i.e. it will preserve the mixed-case of the password for processing by the server side External Security Manager. User exits like TIRSLEXT for Gen CICS Sockets Server allow passwords to be uppercased if needed:
    https://techdocs.broadcom.com/content/broadcom/techdocs/us/en/ca-mainframe-software/devops/ca-gen/8-6/reference/user-exits/z-os-user-exits/z-os-middleware-user-exits-cics-tcp-ip-direct-connect-exits/tirslext-cics-sockets-server-listener-exit.html
    Special characters should also be handled "as is".
    The above should apply irrespective of whether you are setting userid/password in the application or using a Client Manager to do so and irrespective of whether you are using Standard/Enhanced Security.

    As you say the wider Gen user community might also like to share their experiences on this topic.

    Hope that helps

    Regards,

    Lynn


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    Lynn Williams
    Senior Principal Support Engineer
    Broadcom
    Australia
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  • 3.  RE: Does client-server password allow for mixed case and special characters?

    Posted 04-07-2020 09:49 PM
    Thanks Lynn. This is very helpful  and the conclusion I was moving toward with my research today.

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