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From "Aaron Kimball (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MAPREDUCE-710) Sqoop should read and transmit passwords in a more secure manner
Date Mon, 06 Jul 2009 17:39:14 GMT

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Aaron Kimball commented on MAPREDUCE-710:
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This patch adds a {{\-P}} flag which prompts for password on the console using java.io.Console.readPassword().

It also changes the mysqldump logic to write a user-readable-only file containing the password
and use that instead of {{\-\-password}} on the command-line, which is insecure. Since mysqldump
reads its password directly from the console, not from stdin, it is impossible to "directly"
feed the password to mysqldump. Thus the user-only file is the means I've chosen to transmit
the password.

I have added a new test case which Hudson won't run by default, to test this behavior. Users
with mysql who wish to run this test should run {{ant jar \-Dtestcase=MySQLAuthTest}} in the
{{src/contrib/sqoop}} directory.


> Sqoop should read and transmit passwords in a more secure manner
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-710
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-710
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: contrib/sqoop
>            Reporter: Aaron Kimball
>            Assignee: Aaron Kimball
>         Attachments: MAPREDUCE-710.patch
>
>
> Sqoop's current support for passwords involves reading passwords from the command line
"--password foo", which makes the password visible to other users via 'ps'. An invisible-console
approach should be taken.
> Related, Sqoop transmits passwords to mysqldump in the same fashion, which is also insecure.

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