Realistic SilverStripe password strength validator based on Zxcvbn PHP

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v0.2.0 2019-03-21 17:38 UTC

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This is a drop-in replacement for the core SilverStripe\Security\PasswordValidator class. This module implements bjeavons/zxcvbn-php which provides a more realistic measure of password strength (or, rather, vulnerability).


Install with composer:

composer require dhensby/silverstripe-zxcvbn


This module automatically registers its validator against Injector meaning any existing instantiations of SilverStripe\Security\PasswordValidator (using the Injector factory) will automatically be replaced with this validator.

Most new SilverStripe applications come with a PasswordValidator already registered, if that's the case you'll likely need to make this change:

In your _config.php:

use SilverStripe\Security\PasswordValidator;
use SilverStripe\Security\Member;

-$validator = new PasswordValidator();
+$validator = PasswordValidator::create();

The existing rules for minimum length and historical password count still exist and will work as expected but note that a password with a short length will do well to reach a score of 3 and a short password of score 3 is going to be better than a longer password of score 2.

If you don't have any existing configuration you can set the validator up with the help of Injector and no PHP code is needed (SS 4.2+):

  min_test_score: 3


      MinTestScore: 3


Passwords will be given a score by the validator; that score can range from 0 - 4, with 0 being the worst and 4 the best.

In reality a score of 3 is going to be acceptable on most sites; enforcing a score of 4 will become very frustrating for most users.