FIX: No Message Appears When a Blank Password is Set for a System Administrator Login in SQL Server Enterprise Manager

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BUG #: 363575 (SQL Server 8.0)
When you set the password for a system administrator (sa) login to be blank in SQL Server Enterprise Manager, you are not prompted with a warning message or a confirmation message.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290211 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2000 service pack

Hotfix information

The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version         Size             File name   --------------------------------------------------------------------------   06-May-2003  03:16  2000.80.818.0      78,400 bytes  Console.exe         08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0      29,244 bytes  Dbmslpcn.dll        25-Apr-2003  02:12                    786,432 bytes  Distmdl.ldf   25-Apr-2003  02:12                  2,359,296 bytes  Distmdl.mdf   30-Jan-2003  01:55                        180 bytes  Drop_repl_hotfix.sql   07-Apr-2003  19:15  2000.80.801.0   1,557,052 bytes  Dtsui.dll           24-Apr-2003  02:51                    747,927 bytes  Instdist.sql   03-May-2003  01:56                      1,581 bytes  Inst_repl_hotfix.sql   08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0      90,692 bytes  Msgprox.dll         01-Apr-2003  02:07                      1,873 bytes  Odsole.sql   05-Apr-2003  01:46  2000.80.800.0      62,024 bytes  Odsole70.dll        02-Apr-2003  21:48  2000.80.796.0      57,904 bytes  Osql.exe            02-Apr-2003  23:15  2000.80.797.0     279,104 bytes  Pfutil80.dll        04-Apr-2003  21:27                  1,083,467 bytes  Replmerg.sql   04-Apr-2003  21:53  2000.80.798.0     221,768 bytes  Replprov.dll        08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0     307,784 bytes  Replrec.dll         05-May-2003  00:05                  1,085,874 bytes  Replsys.sql   08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0     492,096 bytes  Semobj.dll          05-May-2003  00:24  2000.80.818.0     172,032 bytes  Semobj.rll   16-Apr-2003  22:39                    115,892 bytes  Sp3_serv_uni.sql   08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0   4,215,360 bytes  Sqldmo.dll          07-Apr-2003  17:44                     25,172 bytes  Sqldumper.exe       19-Mar-2003  18:20  2000.80.789.0      28,672 bytes  Sqlevn70.rll   24-Apr-2003  05:39  2000.80.811.0     176,696 bytes  Sqlmap70.dll        08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0      57,920 bytes  Sqlrepss.dll        08-May-2003  04:19  2000.80.818.0   7,540,817 bytes  Sqlservr.exe        08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0      45,644 bytes  Sqlvdi.dll          08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0      29,244 bytes  Ssmslpcn.dll        08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0      82,492 bytes  Ssnetlib.dll        08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0      25,148 bytes  Ssnmpn70.dll        08-May-2003  04:18  2000.80.818.0     158,240 bytes  Svrnetcn.dll        05-May-2003  00:09  2000.80.818.0      76,416 bytes  Svrnetcn.exe        30-Apr-2003  23:52  2000.80.816.0      45,132 bytes  Ums.dll             28-Feb-2003  01:34  2000.80.778.0      98,872 bytes  Xpweb70.dll      				
Note: Because of file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains the files may also contain additional files.

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.This problem was first corrected in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4.
Setting a blank password for an sa login might create security problems.

For additional information about the risks associated with setting a blank password for the sa login, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
313418 PRB: Unsecured SQL Server with Blank (NULL) SA Password Leaves Vulnerability to a Worm

To set the sa password in SQL Server Enterprise Manager, follow these steps:
  1. Open SQL Server Enterprise Manager.
  2. Expand the SQL Server Group, and then expand the name of your server.
  3. Expand Security, and then click Logins.
  4. In the right pane, right-click sa, and then click Properties.
  5. On the General tab, type a password in the Password text box, and then click OK.
  6. In the Confirm Password dialog box, type the new password, and then click OK.

Article ID: 814919 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:17:23 - Revision: 4.0

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