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From "Kevan Miller (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (GERONIMO-4896) Commands to a Secure JMX Connector require the SSL keyStorePassword to be specified on command line
Date Fri, 25 Sep 2009 22:01:17 GMT
Commands to a Secure JMX Connector require the SSL keyStorePassword to be specified on command
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                 Key: GERONIMO-4896
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GERONIMO-4896
             Project: Geronimo
          Issue Type: Bug
      Security Level: public (Regular issues)
    Affects Versions: 2.1.5, 2.2, 3.0
            Reporter: Kevan Miller
             Fix For: 2.1.5, 2.2, 3.0


To my knowledge, it is not possible to run a Geronimo command (e.g. deploy.sh deploy or gsh
geronimo/stop-server) to a server with a secure JMX Connector (running SSL, without specifying
the following Java system properties on the command line:
   javax.net.ssl.keyStore and javax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword

For example:

{code}
export GERONIMO_HOME=~/target/geronimo-jetty6-javaee5-2.2-SNAPSHOT
export JAVA_OPTS="-Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=$GERONIMO_HOME/var/security/keystores/geronimo-default
-Djavax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword=secret -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStore=$GERONIMO_HOME/var/security/keystores/geronimo-default
-Djavax.net.ssl.trustStorePassword=secret"
$GERONIMO_HOME/bin/deploy.sh -u system -p manager --secure list-modules --stopped
{code}

javax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword causes a problem, since this means the keyStorePassword is
available, in-the-clear, to someone inspecting executing processes. For example while a deploy
command was active, someone could run 'ps auxww | grep deployer.jar' and discover the keyStorePassword
for the KeyStore.

Geronimo should provide a mechanism, whereby users can specify the keyStorePassword without
making that secret available to anyone inspecting processes running on the current system.
Ideally, the password could be encrypted/obfuscated within a file (just as passwords can be
encrypted/obfuscated in var/config/config.xml).

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