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Method for Changing Passwords from a Remote System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111270D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 116K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pham, TA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a method allowing an owner of multiple user identification names (USERID's) to update the password(s) for specified USERID's, which may be associated with different NODEID's identifying various systems. The program for making these changes, called the SERPW (South East Region Password Tool), sends password change jobs to the target system(s) defined according to the entry of NODEID name(s) by the user on various panels displayed by the program.

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Method for Changing Passwords from a Remote System

      Described is a method allowing an owner of multiple user
identification names (USERID's) to update the password(s) for
specified USERID's, which may be associated with different NODEID's
identifying various systems.  The program for making these changes,
called the SERPW (South East Region Password Tool),  sends password
change jobs to the target system(s) defined according to the entry of
NODEID name(s) by the user on various panels displayed by the
program.

      The user identifies USERID's on the SERPW panels, being allowed
to update up to 72 USERID's on the primary panel at one time, and up
to 15 USERID's on an alternate panel.  Entry data, except for
passwords, is saved on the system, together with the time used in
changing the passwords.  Fig. 1 shows the process flow of the SERPW
tool, operating according to options chosen by the user.  The SERPW
Log file records the USERID, NODEID, job number, date, time, and
status, of jobs sent by the SERPW tool.

      Fig. 2 shows the Main Menu Panel of the SERPW tool.  The
account number entered by the user on a logon screen for the system
is also entered by the user on various panels of the SERPW tool.  In
order to send back an acknowledge message job indication from the
target system, the tool uses the current password supplied by the
user as the "Current PW."   This field may alternately be eliminated
by a SERPW batch ID.  The "Old PW" is the current target system
password.  After a number of invalid password attempts, the user ID
is revoked from the target system.  The "New PW" is the new target
system password.  Target system password syntax rules must be
followed when the new password value is entered.  While the SERPW
tool does not check the password syntax rules, a job given an invalid
password is returned.

      The lower portion of the screen in Fig. 2 displays up to 72
USERID's and associated NODEID's...