Feature: #97388 - Introduce configurable password policies

See forge#97388


TYPO3 now includes a PasswordPolicyValidator component which can be used to validate passwords against configurable password policies. TYPO3 now also includes a default password policy which ensures that passwords meet the following requirements:

  • At least 8 chars
  • At least one number
  • At least one upper case char
  • At least one special char
  • Must be different than current password (if available)

Password policies can be configured individually for both frontend and backend context. It is also possible to extend a password policy with own validation requirements.

As a first step, the included default password policy is applied to ext:setup to ensure, that new passwords of backend users entered in "User Settings" will match the default password requirements.


The new password of an existing TYPO3 backend user has to meet the default password policy when set using ext:setup.

Configuring password policies

A password policy is defined in the TYPO3 global configuration. Each policy must have a unique identifier (the identifier default is reserved by TYPO3) and must at least contain one validator.

The example below shows, how the password policy with the identifier simple is configured:

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SYS']['passwordPolicies'] = [
    'simple' => [
        'validators' => [
            \TYPO3\CMS\Core\PasswordPolicy\Validator\CorePasswordValidator::class => [
                'options' => [
                    'minimumLength' => 6,

The password policy in the example uses the CorePasswordValidator with the option to require a password with a minimum length of 6 chars.

The password policy identifier is used to assign the defined password policy to the either backend and/or frontend context. By default, TYPO3 uses the password policy default as shown below:

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['passwordPolicy'] = 'default';
$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['FE']['passwordPolicy'] = 'default';

Password policy validators

TYPO3 ships with two password policy validators, which are both used in the default password policy.


This validator has the ability to ensure a complex password with a defined minimum length and 4 individual requirements.

The following options are available:

Option Description Type Default
minimumLength Minimum length Integer 8
upperCaseCharacterRequired Upper case char check Boolean false
lowerCaseCharacterRequired Lower case char check Boolean false
digitCharacterRequired Digit check Boolean false
specialCharacterRequired Special char check Boolean false


This validator can be used to ensure, that the new user password is not equal to the old password. The validator must always be configured with the exclude action \TYPO3\CMS\Core\PasswordPolicy\PasswordPolicyAction::NEW_USER_PASSWORD, because it should be excluded, when a new user account is created.

Disable password policies globally

To disable the password policy globally (e.g. for local development) an empty string has to be supplied as password policy for both frontend and backend context as shown below:

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['passwordPolicy'] = '';
$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['FE']['passwordPolicy'] = '';

Custom password validator

To create a custom password validator, a new class has to be created which extends \TYPO3\CMS\Core\PasswordPolicy\Validator\AbstractPasswordValidator. It is required to overwrite the following functions:

  • public function initializeRequirements(): void
  • public function validate(string $password, ?ContextData $contextData = null): bool

Please refer to \TYPO3\CMS\Core\PasswordPolicy\Validator\CorePasswordValidator for a detailed implementation example.