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The ALTER PASSWORD statement (alter_password_statement) is required to alter the password of a database user.


Syntax Syntax

  1. <alter_password_statement> ::=
      ALTER PASSWORD <old_password> TO <new_password>
    | ALTER PASSWORD <user_name> <new_password>
    <old_password> ::=
    <new_password> ::=
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SQL Tutorial, Database Users and Their Privileges


You can change the password for the current database user using ALTER PASSWORD <old_password> TO <new_password>. The old password must be the same as the password stored in the database catalog for the current user.

If you want to change a password for a database user using user_name, then the current database user must be the database system administrator.

The new password must be specified in the CONNECT statement when the user next opens a database session.

More Information

Database Administration, Conventions for User Names and Passwords