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From Jim Seach <jwse...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Standalone SSL
Date Thu, 02 Aug 2001 16:36:51 GMT

--- cmanolache@yahoo.com wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Jim Seach wrote:
> 
> > What I meant was, in order to implement SSL,  Tomcat must be able
> to
> > decrypt the keystore to retrieve the private key for the cert.  A
> > Tomcat extension or module could be developed to use the private
> key
> > not only to decode the SSL traffic, but also to decode other
> > information like database passwords and so forth that developers
> wished
> 
> In particular the admin and/or ajp password :-)
> 
> One of the biggest problems is that so many people are installing
> tomcat
> and they just forget to change the passwords.
> 
> We already generate a random number for the shutdown command, but a
> module
> that checks if the admin password is still "changethis" and refuse to
> start until the user types a better password will do a lot for
> secuirty
> :-)
> 
> I'm not very sure about certificate passwords or other things - but
> if
> someone needs this then great. I think ( IMHO ) the authentication,
> etc
> should happen outside tomcat ( at least in a different process ), I'm
> not
> sure if existing auth servers ( kerberos, tacacs, radius, etc ) have
> any
> support for certificates, but as long as tomcat is running user code
> (
> even with the security manager in place ), I wouldn't trust it more
> than I
> have to.
> 
> And don't forget that tomcat may even crash, or hung ( well, if not
> tomcat

It has never crashed on me, except where it was clearly my fault! :)

> maybe some user code or even the JDK or OS ). :-)
> 
> Costin
> 

I think these are important features/requirements for the "External
Resource Security/Centralized Repository" project that Christopher
would like to pursue, but was waiting for an expression of interest
from the committers.

Can this be construed as the expression of interest he was looking for?
:)

Jim

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