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Breached List download problem when trying to run Specops Auditor and Breached Password Protection


When you Specops Password Auditor, and you try checking for a Breached Password Protection dictionary update this message comes up:

Failed to check for the latest version of the Breach list at Make sure there is an internet connection and that the URL is not blocked by a proxy or firewall. Firewall SSL inspection is not supported – SSL inspection exceptions to the below URLs may also need to be configured.


  1. To use Breached Password Protection, Specops Password Auditor must have outbound access through proxy/firewalls to the following URLs below. Make sure that they are allowed for TCP/UDP for ports 80 and 443.

For checking the certificate, access through proxy/firewalls is necessary to:

2. This message can also turn up if you for instance are running it on a Windows Server 2008, or a 32 bit operating system machine. Make sure that your organization’s environment meets the following system requirements for Specops Password Auditor:

.NET 4.7.2 (recommended)
Server 2012 or above (or Windows 8 and above if running on a workstation)
Must be Domain joined and able to contact a domain controller
No Particular RAM/CPU/Disk requirements, but must be x64 with at least 6.4GB free space for the Breached Password Protection Express Database.

Publication date: December 11, 2020
Modification date: March 5, 2024

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