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From "Rick Hillegas (Created) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DERBY-5538) Derby should use char[] to internally represent passwords, rather than String.
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:01:30 GMT
Derby should use char[] to internally represent passwords, rather than String.
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                 Key: DERBY-5538
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-5538
             Project: Derby
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: JDBC
            Reporter: Rick Hillegas


I noticed that routines like AuthenticationServiceBase.encryptUsingDefaultAlgorithm() represent
plaintext passwords as Strings. This is unsafe because Strings are easy to sniff even after
they go out of scope. See the discussion on DERBY-866. We should rephrase passwords as char[]
and zero them out as soon as possible.

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