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After upgrading the SonicWalls firmware from 5.8 to 5.9.1.7 and attempting to login I'm told that the password is not secure enough and that it must be changed before I can proceed.

The problem is each time I try to set a new password it tells me it does not meet the criteria.

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However the passwords I am using match those criteria but they are still rejected, so I'm currently locked out of the SonicWall

Is there anyway to get around this other than a factory reset?

  • Try with a 12-chars password with lower and upper case, two numbers and a special char (as @). Does that change anything? – shodanshok Apr 21 '17 at 16:02
  • @shodanshok That actually fixed it, thank you very much! Is this documented anywhere online? – Nathan Apr 21 '17 at 16:05
  • I don't know if it is documented, but such a password should be sufficiently complex to satisfy any default password complexity level. I'll write an answer; please accept it. – shodanshok Apr 21 '17 at 16:33
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As show in the comment section, a 12-chars password with lower and upper case, two numbers and a special char (as @) did the trick.

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