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From "Owen O'Malley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-2856) Fix block protocol so that Datanodes don't require root or jsvc
Date Wed, 01 Aug 2012 18:03:04 GMT

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Owen O'Malley commented on HDFS-2856:
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We should move the protocol to be a handshake-based one. Devaraj, the place where we rejected
the handshake was the shuffle where the number of small connections is very high. 
                
> Fix block protocol so that Datanodes don't require root or jsvc
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-2856
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-2856
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: data-node, security
>            Reporter: Owen O'Malley
>
> Since we send the block tokens unencrypted to the datanode, we currently start the datanode
as root using jsvc and get a secure (< 1024) port.
> If we have the datanode generate a nonce and send it on the connection and the sends
an hmac of the nonce back instead of the block token it won't reveal any secrets. Thus, we
wouldn't require a secure port and would not require root or jsvc.

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