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Background documentation Customizing Switches for Generated Passwords  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

You specify the minimum requirements for generated passwords that are generated in user administration (transactions SU01 and SU10) in profile parameters. You can also use Customizing switches to define upper limits for some values. These switches correspond to the specified system profile parameters for passwords..

Customizing Switches and Corresponding System Profile Parameters

Customizing Switch

System Profile Parameter




Maximum number of digits in the generated password



Maximum number of letters in the generated password



Maximum number of special characters in the generated password



Maximum length of the generated password


If you do not maintain these parameters, the respective default value is used.

The values of the system profile parameters have precedence over the Customizing switch values. If the entries are contradictory, the values of the Customizing switches (GEN_PSW_MAX_*) are ignored and the default values are used.


If you set the system profile parameter login/min_password_specials = 2 and the Customizing switch GEN_PSW_MAX_SPECIALS = 0, the password generator generates invalid passwords. In this case, the system therefore ignores the Customizing switch GEN_PSW_MAX_SPECIALS and uses the profile parameter value.


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