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From "James Carman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (VFS-169) Thrown exception reveals passwords
Date Mon, 04 Aug 2008 11:04:44 GMT

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James Carman commented on VFS-169:
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"I hope you fix this soon"

That's the beauty of open source software; you can help fix this!  Attaching a patch (including
test cases) would be a good way to help get this thing fixed.  It seems like you've already
got a good idea about how it should be done.

> Thrown exception reveals passwords
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: VFS-169
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/VFS-169
>             Project: Commons VFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.0
>            Reporter: Joerg Schaible
>
> If an exception occurs accessing a FileObject on a FileSystem that is addressed with
an URL containing user and password the thrown exception contains the password as part of
the error message:
> org.apache.commons.vfs.FileSystemException: Could not connect to SFTP server at "sftp://user:password@apache.org/".
> In such a case the URL should be printed as "sftp://user:***@apache.org/". Same applied
to log messages - at least for INFO and higher.
> This is a security risk, since in big companies exceptions and logs are normally collected
and archived in monitoring systems and may reveal the password to persons that have normally
no authorization to the target system.

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