Microsoft KB Archive/174075

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Strong Passwords With PASSFILT.DLL Are Not Enforced

Article ID: 174075

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q174075


When strong password functionality is enabled on a Windows NT 4.0 computer, an Administrator will still be able to change a password, with the User Manager tool, in such a way that it no longer meets the criteria for strong passwords.


This behavior is by design. Strong password filtering is performed when password change requests arrive over the network, and weak passwords are rejected at that time. Direct changes to the security account manager (SAM) database are not filtered.

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