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Need a list about known special characters in the password that aren't usable in Websphere

Joerg Aust (6112) | asked Aug 14 '13, 9:28 a.m.

An user wasn't able to log on to a server using Websphere but version worked.

The log files contained this error message:

"msg="SECJ0118E: Authentication error during authentication for user".


"[LDAP: error code 49 - 80090308: LdapErr: DSID-0C0903A8, comment: AcceptSecurityContext error, data 52e, v1db1 ]"

Version didn't accep "§".

Version 8.0.0.x shouldn't work "."

My recommendation to change it to ":" worked.

So there is a overview about problematic special characters needed. This would reduce the fixing effort.

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John Carolan (71616) | answered Aug 14 '13, 9:42 a.m.
Hi Joerg,

I think the following document is what you are looking for:


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Anthony Kesterton (7.5k8180136) | answered Aug 14 '13, 9:50 a.m.
I am guessing here - but if your system is configured to use an external LDAP (as it appears to be) - then it sounds like there might a be difference between your WAS 7 and 8 settings for LDAP.  You may want to track down LDAP settings on WAS.  Try the WAS Help on LDAP and user registry settings


Joerg Aust commented Aug 14 '13, 10:03 a.m.

Your guess is right. We use a LDAP and WAS version 7 has a different behaviour than 8.

We are able to ask and advise our user which special character can be used or not with John's link.

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