The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express activates a BlackBerry device
over the wireless network using the wireless activation authentication protocol and an activation password that is specific to the user account associated with the BlackBerry device.
length of the activation password
Typical activation passwords are four to eight
characters long. Activation passwords are limited to the following character lengths:
- BlackBerry device: 31
- BlackBerry Administration Service
field that stores the password in the
BlackBerry Configuration Database: 50 characters
Activation passwords can include any type of character except accented characters.
Wireless activation is designed
so that short activation passwords do not compromise the security
of the protocol.
You must distribute the activation password to the authenticated user securely. If the user receives the activation password,
but does not activate the BlackBerry device
on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, a potentially malicious user who can access the activation password can connect
another BlackBerry device to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express and assume the
identity of the intended user.
When a user activates a BlackBerry device
on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the
activation password becomes inactive and a potentially malicious user
cannot reuse it to activate another
If a user receives an activation password, you cannot
generate a new activation password for the user
until the activation password expires. An activation password expires after 48 hours by default. You can configure an activation to password expire earlier than the default value of 48 hours.
password is no longer valid if any of the following events occur:
- the user does not activate the BlackBerry
on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express before the default value of 48 hours elapses
- the user types the activation password incorrectly
five consecutive times
- the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express activates a BlackBerry
device using the activation
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