orapwd gives OPW-00029 Password complexity failed in #Oracle 12.2

When I tried to create a password file for a 12.2 database, it initially failed with my favorite (simple) password:

[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ orapwd file=$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapwprima password=oracle

OPW-00029: Password complexity failed for SYS user : Password must contain at least 8 characters.

Two options to resolve this: Either provide a password that passes the complexity check, like:

[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ orapwd file=$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapwprima password=Very_Complex§1

Or create the password file in 12.1 format (default being 12.2 format)

[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ orapwd describe file=orapwprima
Password file Description : format=12.2 
[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ rm orapwprima
[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ orapwd file=$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapwprima password=oracle format=12
[oracle@uhesse dbs]$ orapwd describe file=orapwprima
Password file Description : format=12 

The only drawback of the 12.1 format seems to be the lack of support for granting administrative privileges to external users and enabling SSL and Kerberos authentication for administrative users, according to the documentation. Which means for me I will keep my passwords simple 🙂

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  1. #1 by laurentschneider on June 23, 2017 - 13:54

    with 12.1 format, you cannot lock SYS, check http://laurentschneider.com/?p=2474

  2. #2 by Uwe Hesse on June 23, 2017 - 15:54

    Thank you for highlighting this, Laurent!

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