ORA-1031 Error With 'alter User Sys' Command Executed By SYSTEM User

(Doc ID 2347509.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 18, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 12.2.0.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

$ sqlplus / as sysdba
SQL*Plus: Release 12.2.0.1.0 Production on Nov 22 10:29:51 2017
Copyright (c) 1982, 2016, Oracle. All rights reserved.
Connected to:
Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release 12.2.0.1.0 - 64bit Production

SQL> ALTER USER "SYS" IDENTIFIED BY ******;
User altered.

But SYSTEM user can't change the SYS user password.


sqlplus system/****
SQL*Plus: Release 12.2.0.1.0 Production on Nov 22 10:30:14 2017
Copyright (c) 1982, 2016, Oracle. All rights reserved.
Connected to:
Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release 12.2.0.1.0 - 64bit Production
SQL> ALTER USER "SYS" IDENTIFIED BY VALUES **************;
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

Cause

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