Passwords in Zen Cart

Rules for passwords in Zen Cart

Customer Passwords

The only requirement for customer passwords in Zen Cart is that the length of a password must be greater than or equal to ENTRY_PASSWORD_MIN_LENGTH, which is set on the Admin > Configuration > Minimum Values screen.

Admin Passwords

Admin Passwords must meet the following requirements:

  • The length of an admin password must be greater than or equal to ADMIN_PASSWORD_MIN_LENGTH (which has a minimum value of 7).
  • Admin passwords must contain at least 1 letter and 1 number.
  • Admin passwords must not be the same as the last 4 passwords (unless PADSS_PWD_EXPIRY_ENFORCED is disabled).
  • Admin passwords must be changed every 90 days (unless PADSS_PWD_EXPIRY_ENFORCED is disabled).

Disabling Admin Password checks

Disabling this check makes your site makes your site NON-COMPLIANT with PA-DSS rules. Disabling should only be used by developers who are working on sites that are not available over the public Internet.

The setting PADSS_PWD_EXPIRY_ENFORCED is on the screen Admin > Configuration > My Store.

Changing Customer Passwords

  • Customers may change their own passwords using the screen My Account > Change my Account Password.
  • Customers may reset their passwords using the “Forgot your password” link on the login page.
  • Since 1.5.5, admins may reset customer passwords from the Admin > Customers > Customers screen.

Changing Admin Passwords

  • Admins may change their own passwords (or the passwords of other admins) using the screen Admins > Admin Users.
  • Admins are forced to change their own passwords every 90 days as noted above.
  • Admins may reset their passwords using the “Forgot Password?” link on the login page.
  • More advanced troubleshooting tips for changing admin passwords are provided in the FAQ Admin Password - Resetting or Changing.

Database Passwords

The password pair for database access is contained in the value DB_SERVER_PASSWORD, which is set in the files includes/configure.php and admin/includes/configure.php. Your hosting company may have rules for these passwords.

Some plugins such as Backup MySQL Plugin use the database password in a shell command. In this case, the password must not use shell metacharacters.

Still have questions? Use the Search box in the upper right, or try the full list of FAQs. If you can't find it there, head over to the Zen Cart support forum and ask there in the appropriate subforum. In your post, please include your Zen Cart and PHP versions, and a link to your site.

Is there an error or omission on this page? Please post to General Questions on the support forum. Or, if you'd like to open a pull request, just review the guidelines and get started. You can even PR right here.
Last modified August 4, 2021 by Scott C Wilson (e653b36).