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From "Jack Cai (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (GERONIMO-3003) Encrypt password strings in deployment plans
Date Mon, 14 Dec 2009 06:44:18 GMT

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Jack Cai commented on GERONIMO-3003:
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In addition to what is already done for this requirement, guess the original requirement raised
in this JIRA is not resolved. However, instead of doing what is proposed originally (rewrite
the deployment plan to encrypt the password), another way to achieve the security goal is
to -

1) accept encrypted passwords in deployment plan, and
2) provide an encrypt utility so users could generate encrypted strings that could then be
pasted into the deployment plan

Comments?

> Encrypt password strings in deployment plans
> --------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: GERONIMO-3003
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GERONIMO-3003
>             Project: Geronimo
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>          Components: deployment
>    Affects Versions: Wish List
>            Reporter: Aman Nanner
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: Wish List
>
>         Attachments: GERONIMO-3003-2.2-2.patch, GERONIMO-3003.patch, GERONIMO-3003_21.patch
>
>
> Geronimo currently has a feature where password strings in the config.xml get encrypted
using the {{org.apache.geronimo.util.EncryptionManager}}.  This encryption is performed in
the {{org.apache.geronimo.system.configuration.GBeanOverride}} class.
> It would be desirable to have the same encryption applied to the password strings in
deployment plans (e.g. datasource or JMS deployment plans within an EAR).  Even though the
plans are only used during the deployment process, and not at runtime, the plans are left
with plaintext password strings sitting in them.  It would be nice if the deployment process
could internally encrypt the strings and then write back out the deployment plan to the file
system.  Also, this means that the deployment process will require the ability to decrypt
strings that are already in encrypted format in the plan (in the case of redeployment, for
example).
> More discussion of this feature can be found in the following mailing list thread:
> http://www.mail-archive.com/user@geronimo.apache.org/msg05859.html
> I would suggest that an appropriate spot to perform the encryption is in the {{org.apache.geronimo.j2ee.deployment.EARConfigBuilder}}
class, perhaps in the following code just before the file is written to a temporary file:
> ----
>                     if (gerModule.isSetAltDd()) {
>                         // the the url of the alt dd
>                         try {
>                             altVendorDDs.put(path, DeploymentUtil.toTempFile(earFile,
gerModule.getAltDd().getStringValue()));
>                         } catch (IOException e) {
>                             throw new DeploymentException("Invalid alt vendor dd url:
" + gerModule.getAltDd().getStringValue(), e);
>                         }
> ----
> However, somebody more familiar with the design might be able to suggest a better solution.

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