DS 6.3.1 BINDs fail with - Exceed password retry limit. Account locked. (Doc ID 1319793.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 11, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition - Version 6.3 SP1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 06-Jun-2014***

Symptoms

Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 (and higher)

After enabling account lockout users are locked out permanently after exceeding the passwordMaxFailure limit.

Password Compatibility Mode is set to DS5-compat, i.e.
pwd-compat-mode : DS5-compatible-mode

for example after binding incorrectly for 5 attempts the following is recorded on the next bind,

# ldapsearch -D "uid=ahall, ou=People, dc=example,dc=com" -w badpassword -b dc=example,dc=com uid=ahall dn
ldap_simple_bind: Constraint violation
ldap_simple_bind: additional info: Exceed password retry limit. Account locked.

Changes

The issue started after enabling a new global password policy.

Cause

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