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SQL Server Login Password Strength

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

This rule checks whether "Enforce password policy" of each SQL Server login is enabled. If SQL Server Authentication is enabled and if the operating system version is earlier than Windows Server 2003, an attacker could repeatedly exploit a known SQL Server login password.

We recommend that you upgrade the operating system to Windows Server 2003.

If SQL Server Authentication is not required in your environment, use Windows Authentication.

Enable "Enforce password policy" for all the SQL Server logins. Use ALTER LOGIN to configure the password policy for the SQL Server login.

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