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Automated Password Resets for End Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118310D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cohen, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer program, PWRESET, that automates the resetting of userid passwords on VM/ESA* (VM) and MVS/ESA* (MVS) systems. The customer invokes a panel (menu) driven application and the password is reset with the new password being sent to the customer's manager (supervisor) based on selection from a table of manager names.

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Automated Password Resets for End Users

      Disclosed is a computer program, PWRESET, that automates the
resetting of userid passwords on VM/ESA* (VM) and MVS/ESA* (MVS)
systems.  The customer invokes a panel (menu) driven application and
the password is reset with the new password being sent to the
customer's manager (supervisor) based on selection from a table of
manager names.

      PWRESET uses an Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
front end from VM to send requests to a VM service machine.  The VM
service machine validates the transaction and determines that the
receiving manager is either the manager of the owner of the userid or
in the chain of command above that manager.  These checks are made
against a database.  If the transaction passes this manager check, it
is sent off to a VM service machine at the target node or as a batch
job to the MVS target node.  The password is then reset and the new
password is routed to the indicated manager.
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