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From "Josh Elser (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ACCUMULO-2464) Trace user password required in plaintext in accumulo-site.xml
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:02:47 GMT
Josh Elser created ACCUMULO-2464:

             Summary: Trace user password required in plaintext in accumulo-site.xml
                 Key: ACCUMULO-2464
             Project: Accumulo
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: trace
    Affects Versions: 1.5.1
            Reporter: Josh Elser
            Assignee: Josh Elser
             Fix For: 1.5.2, 1.6.1

The {{trace.password}} property is used by the Tracer to authenticate with Accumulo and persist
the traces in the trace table. Presently, this is required to be in plaintext which is rather
sub-par, but has been overlooked mostly because that password is for an isolated user account
which shouldn't have access to any sensitive data.

I'm thinking of the following: provide some new storage in ZK akin to the acl + salt that's
currently done for the passwd db and instance.secret (with a new secret for this, of course)

Another option might be to provide a hashing command that will hash the password, store that
instead of the plaintext, and then use the hash with a salt to authenticate (not exposing
the hash-authentication method to users). Not sure how I feel about that.

Leveraging some BCrypt library might be nice too (if there's an ASF license compatible lib

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