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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-866) Derby User Management Enhancements
Date Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:55:30 GMT

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Knut Anders Hatlen commented on DERBY-866:
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I have some questions about the getRawDataAndZeroIt() method in SQLChar:

1) Could this code

    char[]  sourceValue = (rawData ==  null) ? getCharArray() : rawData;

be replaced with

    char[] sourceValue = getCharArray();

? It looks to me as if getCharArray() already has a special case for returning rawData directly
if it has one.

2) Would it be better to use getLength() instead of sourceValue.length to get the length of
the value? I don't think those two values are guaranteed to be equal (see for example the
comment in readExternalFromArray()), and if they are not equal, I think code like this might
end up returning a different (zero-padded) value instead of a clone:

    public DataValueDescriptor cloneValue(boolean forceMaterialization)
        throws StandardException
	{
        return new SQLPassword( getRawDataAndZeroIt() );
	}

3) It calls Arrays.fill( sourceValue, (char) 0 ) right before calling setAndZeroOldValue().
Isn't that redundant, since calling zeroRawData() is the first thing setAndZeroOldValue()
does?

4) If the value comes from a stream, the call to getCharArray() will create the char array
by going via string representation (it calls getString()). Perhaps the stream case should
be moved from getString() to getCharArray() to prevent this unnecessary intermediate representation?
                
> Derby User Management Enhancements
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-866
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-866
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Services
>    Affects Versions: 10.2.1.6
>            Reporter: Francois Orsini
>            Assignee: Rick Hillegas
>         Attachments: Derby_User_Enhancement.html, Derby_User_Enhancement_v1.1.html, DummyAuthenticator.java,
UserManagement.html, UserManagement.html, UserManagement.html, derby-866-01-aa-sysusers.diff,
derby-866-01-ab-sysusers.diff, derby-866-02-ag-createDropUser.diff, dummyCredentials.properties
>
>
> Proposal to enhance Derby's Built-In DDL User Management. (See proposal spec attached
to the JIRA).
> Abstract:
> This feature aims at improving the way BUILT-IN users are managed in Derby by providing
a more intuitive and familiar DDL interface. Currently (in 10.1.2.1), Built-In users can be
defined at the system and/or database level. Users created at the system level can be defined
via JVM or/and Derby system properties in the derby.properties file. Built-in users created
at the database level are defined via a call to a Derby system procedure (SYSCS_UTIL.SYSCS_SET_DATABASE_PROPERTY)
which sets a database property.
> Defining a user at the system level is very convenient and practical during the development
phase (EOD) of an application - However, the user's password is not encrypted and consequently
appears in clear in the derby.properties file. Hence, for an application going into production,
whether it is embedded or not, it is preferable to create users at the database level where
the password is encrypted.
> There is no real ANSI SQL standard for managing users in SQL but by providing a more
intuitive and known interface, it will ease Built-In User management at the database level
as well as Derby's adoption.

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