for Change AC890, Deactivation of CRS Password Aging, was approved on May 5. Software
Note 7 contains the procedures to deactivate password aging on both MPs, all FEPs,
and the VIP. No new software is needed to deactivate password aging; it is accomplished
by issuing commands and editing files.
This is an interim procedure that
will prevent the stoppage of messages from AWIPS to CRS in the event a site unintentionally
fails to change the CRS passwords within 90 days. The enforcement mechanism for
changing CRS passwords every 90 days will be via reminder messages generated from
the NCF and verification back to the NCF from each office that the passwords have
been changed. The CRS password reminder message will be included in the quarterly
AWIPS password reminder message. The initial CRS password reminder message is
scheduled to be distributed in mid-June 2005. Once the ftp transfer of messages
from AWIPS to CRS is replaced with sftp, the stoppage will no longer occur if
and when the CRS user password expires. When the sftp transfer is implemented
in AWIPS, instructions will be issued to activate CRS password aging again along
with other important information concerning the transfer of sftp authorization
While this interim procedure is in place, slightly different procedures
must be followed if the CRS software must be re-installed on the MPs and FEPs
or if the VIP hard drive must be re-built. Appendix
C, CRS Software Installation Procedure, and Appendix
Z, VIP Backup and Recovery Procedures, of the CRS System Administration Manual
must not be used once password aging has been deactivated.
Note 7 contains the EMRS instructions for reporting the modification - all
sites must complete this action by June 30, 2005.