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Configurable clean environment for run tasks

Following the change introduced in v4.1.0.3 of C:D for UNIX (apar IC86881) whereby environment variables are sanitized, IBM should provide a better mechanism for setting environment variables for Run Task and Run Job steps in a secure manner. Although IBM has provided the ndm.env_vars:sanitize=n parameter in initparm.cfg to reinstate the old behaviour, this re-opens the vulnerability which IC86881 was meant to address.

We propose a new initparm item referencing a new initialization file that contains name/value pairs for the desired environment variable settings, for example:
PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/apps/cdunix/ndm/bin
NDMAPICFG=/apps/cdunix/ndm/cfg/cliapi/ndmapi.cfg
HOME=/home/%USER%

The syntax in the last line is merely an example. There would obviously need to be some special syntax to specify the local user to which the relevant SPOE (proxy) maps. I have used %USER% in this example.
  • Guest
  • Jan 4 2018
  • Not under consideration
DeveloperWorks ID DW_ID94004
RTC ID RTC_ID513072
Link to original RFE http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=94004

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