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From "Larry McCay (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-10607) Create an API to Separate Credentials/Password Storage from Applications
Date Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:06:02 GMT

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Larry McCay commented on HADOOP-10607:
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I will address the exception and the return style points in another revision of the patch.

The use of char[]'s over Strings are an accepted security best practice due to Strings being
immutable and therefore in memory until GC can clean them up. Character arrays may be used
and immediately overwritten to reduce the window of time that the actual password is in memory.
While in practice it is often difficult to eliminate all String use for passwords, we shouldn't
exacerbate the issue by handing out passwords as Strings. At least the consumers should be
able to whack the password char[]'s when they are done with them.

If we really want to change this then I would suggest we do so in a follow up jira.

> Create an API to Separate Credentials/Password Storage from Applications
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-10607
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-10607
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: security
>            Reporter: Larry McCay
>            Assignee: Larry McCay
>             Fix For: 3.0.0
>
>         Attachments: 10607-10.patch, 10607-11.patch, 10607-2.patch, 10607-3.patch, 10607-4.patch,
10607-5.patch, 10607-6.patch, 10607-7.patch, 10607-8.patch, 10607-9.patch, 10607.patch
>
>
> As with the filesystem API, we need to provide a generic mechanism to support multiple
credential storage mechanisms that are potentially from third parties. 
> We need the ability to eliminate the storage of passwords and secrets in clear text within
configuration files or within code.
> Toward that end, I propose an API that is configured using a list of URLs of CredentialProviders.
The implementation will look for implementations using the ServiceLoader interface and thus
support third party libraries.
> Two providers will be included in this patch. One using the credentials cache in MapReduce
jobs and the other using Java KeyStores from either HDFS or local file system. 
> A CredShell CLI will also be included in this patch which provides the ability to manage
the credentials within the stores.



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