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From "Dag H. Wanvik (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-5363) Tighten permissions of DB files to owner with >= JDK7
Date Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:41:34 GMT

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Dag H. Wanvik commented on DERBY-5363:

It seems RestrictiveFilePermissionsTest for this features breaks on some platforms (thanks
to Kathey for noticing).  Apparently, the ACL view of Posix file system permissions is not
available for all Unix versions in JDK 1.7 as I had thought from testing on Solaris 11. I
have changed the test now so it runs on Linux as well.  Hopefully this solves the issue. Perhaps
this will make the test work on IBM's JDK 1.7 also. I'd appreciate it if somebody tried to
enable the test again for IBM JVMs to check (RestrictiveFilePermissionsTest is skipped in
engine._Suite now).

Uploading patch derby-5363-followup-linux.

> Tighten permissions of DB files to owner with >= JDK7
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 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-followup.diff,
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-full-5.diff, derby-5363-full-5.stat, derby-5363-limit-to-java7.diff, derby-5363-limit-to-java7.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,
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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