You’ve probably encountered this issue too. As an administrator you just want to know whether someone has stored a password in metadata or not. You don’t want to know the actual password, just whether there’s one there or not, because if there’s no password it can’t be wrong, whereas if there is a password it might be wrong / outdated.
In SAS® Management Console 9.2 the User Manager plug-in always displayed ******** in the password column on the accounts tab for a user (or group) whether there was a password there or not. A small, but very nice, enhancement in SAS Management Console 9.3 means that it now displays a blank when there’s no stored password and ******** only when there is a stored password. This is a nice indicator to show whether or not a password is present.
Here’s a screenshot for Bob’s SAS metadata identity. We can see he has no password stored for his inbound DefaultAuth domain\bob login, but he does have a password stored for his outbound OracleDBAuth oraclebob login.