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From "Caldarale, Charles R" <Chuck.Caldar...@unisys.com>
Subject RE: can JNDIRealm connectionPassword be encrypted?
Date Fri, 14 Oct 2005 22:13:06 GMT
> From: Klotz Jr, Dennis [mailto:DKlotz@empirix.com] 
> Subject: RE: can JNDIRealm connectionPassword be encrypted?
> 
> Right now we have the tomcat instance running as a tomcat:tomcat user
> and group.

And, I hope, you have permissions for everything in Tomcat's directories
set to 750, and very, very limited membership in the group.

> in case someone found an exploit within tomcat itself and 
> gained shell access with tomcat privileges.

Double failure.  Not only would there have to be a serious security flaw
within Tomcat itself (and I'm not aware of any at the moment), but this
flaw would also have to permit execution of arbitrary code - which is
pretty tricky in Java, if you've set up the JVM security policy
appropriately.

> Again perhaps that is a being a bit paranoid. But that is 
> what security is all about. :)

Not really, although a lot of consultants push that approach so they can
take your money and tell you things you already know.

 - Chuck


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