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It’s funny but Oracle doesn’t want you to enter a trivial password, and about every week I get asked what the standards are for Oracle Database passwords. That’s funny too because it’s in the documentation, the one most experienced and new users never read – Oracle Database Installation Guide (available by platform, the link is for the Windows platform).

Anyway, let me quote the rules:

Oracle recommends that the password you specify:

  • Contains at least one lowercase letter.
  • Contains at least one uppercase letter.
  • Contains at least one digit.
  • Is at least 8 characters in length.
  • Uses the database character set which can include the underscore (_), dollar ($), and pound sign (#) character.
  • If (the password) contains special characters, including beginning the password with a number or symbol, then enclose the password with double-quotation marks.
  • Should not be an actual word.

Likewise, you can’t use the old educational passwords:

  • The SYS account password cannot be change_on_install (case-insensitive).
  • The SYSTEM account password cannot be manager (case-insensitive).
  • The SYSMAN account password cannot be sysman (case-insensitive).
  • The DBSNMP account password cannot be dbsnmp (case-insensitive).
  • If you choose to use the same password for all the accounts, then that password cannot be change_on_install, manager, sysman, or dbsnmp (case-insensitive).

Hope this helps, and by the way reading the documentation never hurts too much! :-)

Written by maclochlainn

March 12th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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