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[ScreenOS] Users in the local ScreenOS Firewall database are unable to use password string that contains the question mark (?) character

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Article ID: KB30585 KB Last Updated: 25 Sep 2020Version: 2.0
Summary:

Use of complex passwords that include special characters, alphanumeric values, and so on is very common. However, ScreenOS devices do not allow password strings that contain the question mark (?) character.

This article describes a way to allow ScreenOS devices to accept password strings that include the question mark (?) character.

 

Symptoms:

Users in the local ScreenOS Firewall database are unable to use the password string that contains the question mark (?) character.  How can this be achieved?

For example, an administrator wanted to create the password test?123, but the ScreenOS device did not take it correctly. Instead it took the password as test123:

labtest-> set admin user jadmin password test?
labtest-> set admin user jadmin password test123 

 

Solution:

If you include the password string within quotation marks (" "), it will take the password string that contains the question mark character, as shown below:

labtest-> set admin user jadmin password "test?123"

 

Modification History:

2020-09-25: Article checked for accuracy; article valid and relevant; no changes made

 

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