Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords

Graham Cluley
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Here’s a Microsoft support knowledgebase article from the dusty archives:

Support kbase article from Microsoft

Personally, I love the note which says:

Note that the number of required characters changes from 17,145 to 18,770 with the installation of SP1.

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But then I stumbled across this:

Zero length password

So, which is it Microsoft? Zero or 18770 characters?

Hat-tip: @david_navigator.

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