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From "Dag H. Wanvik (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-5363) Tighten default permissions of DB files with >= JDK6
Date Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:09:26 GMT

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Dag H. Wanvik commented on DERBY-5363:
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I will commit this patch over the week-end, then. Notwithstanding the ongoing discussions
about security, we can always change the new default for CLI server back to old (possibly
lax) default permissions if that turns out to be the conclusion.

> Tighten default permissions of DB files with >= JDK6
> ----------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-5363
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-5363
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Miscellaneous, Services, Store
>            Reporter: Dag H. Wanvik
>            Assignee: Dag H. Wanvik
>         Attachments: derby-5363-basic-1.diff, derby-5363-basic-1.stat, derby-5363-basic-2.diff,
derby-5363-basic-2.stat, derby-5363-basic-3.diff, derby-5363-basic-3.stat, derby-5363-full-1.diff,
derby-5363-full-1.stat, derby-5363-full-2.diff, derby-5363-full-2.stat, derby-5363-full-3.diff,
derby-5363-full-3.stat, derby-5363-full-4.diff, derby-5363-full-4.stat, derby-5363-server-1.diff,
permission-5.diff, permission-5.stat, permission-6.diff, permission-6.stat, property-table.png,
releaseNote.html, releaseNote.html, releaseNote.html, releaseNote.html, z.sql
>
>
> Before Java 6, files created by Derby would have the default
> permissions of the operating system context. Under Unix, this would
> depend on the effective umask of the process that started the Java VM.
> In Java 6 and 7, there are methods available that allows tightening up this
> (File.setReadable, setWritable), making it less likely that somebody
> would accidentally run Derby with a too lenient default.
> I suggest we take advantage of this, and let Derby by default (in Java
> 6 and higher) limit the visibility to the OS user that starts the VM,
> e.g. on Unix this would be equivalent to running with umask 0077. More
> secure by default is good, I think.
> We could have a flag, e.g. "derby.storage.useDefaultFilePermissions"
> that when set to true, would give the old behavior.

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