The PWDCOPY utility

Important! APAR OA43999 (available on z/OS V1R12 and higher) provides an enhanced password hashing algorithm.  The version of PWDCOPY available on this page has been updated to support the new algorithm.  When the new algorithm is in effect, continued use of older versions of PWDCOPY will damage user passwords, thereby preventing users from being able to logon.


The PWDCOPY utility allows you copy passwords from user IDs in one RACF data base into another RACF data base. The utility consists of two parts: an export utility (ICHPSOUT) and an import utility (ICHPSIN).


Using the export utility requires READ authority to the resource RACF.PASSWORD.MAINTENANCE.EXPORT in the FACILITY class. Using the import utility requires UPDATE authority to the resource RACF.PASSWORD.MAINTENANCE.IMPORT in the FACILITY class.

The PWDCOPY utility consists of these files:

You can download these files either by using your browser or by using anonymous file transfer protocol (ftp). From your browser, select "file" and "save as". For anonymous ftp, use the site PWDCOPY can be found in the directory /eserver/zseries/zos/racf/pwdcopy/. Be sure to FTP these files to your MVS environment into data sets which are in fixed-blocked format and which have a record length of 80.


We welcome your comments and questions on the PWDCOPY utility. Please direct them to the RACF-L mailing list. Subscription information for RACF-L can be found from the RACF-L Discussion List Page.


This program contains code made available by IBM Corporation on an "AS-IS" basis. Any one receiving this program is considered to be licensed under IBM copyrights to use the IBM-provided code in any way he or she deems fit, including copying it and redistributing it, except that it may be neither sold nor incorporated within a product that is sold. No license under any IBM patents or patent applications is to be implied from this copyright license.

The software is provided "as-is", and IBM disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.