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PI72154: 'BIND PASSWORD' IS "PRE-POPULATED" INCORRECTLY IN VMM PANEL AND AUTHENTICATION ERROR COMES UP

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • When a user tries to apply changes on the VMM panel they get an
    authentication error because the "*******" is being passed in
    as the password, which is obviously incorrect. There is no
    clear indication which field in the ldap security section is
    causing the authentication fail. The workaround forces the user
    to clear the 'bind password' field, re-enter the correct
    password, and apply the changes. This is an issue in V7 - V9.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server                                      *
    *                  who use the VMM panel to configure their    *
    *                  federated repository.                       *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: The VMM panel is failing with an        *
    *                      authentication error when the user      *
    *                      applies changes to the security         *
    *                      configuration of the LDAP.              *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    Currently, the VMM panel is failing when modifications to
    security configuration of the LDAP are made. If the bind
    password is not modified, but another section is, an
    authentication error will occur when the user clicks 'Apply'.
    This is because the bind password field is being pre-populated
    with the obfuscated password (*******), and that literal string
    is being passed as a parameter to the admin tasks.
    

Problem conclusion

  • You can now apply changes to the security configuration of an
    LDAP using the VMM panel and without getting an authentication
    error.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 7.0.0.43, 8.0.0.13, 8.5.5.12, and 9.0.0.3. Please
    refer to the Recommended Updates page for delivery
    information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

Comments

APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PI72154

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    700

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt / Xsystem

  • Submitted date

    2016-11-11

  • Closed date

    2016-12-19

  • Last modified date

    2016-12-19

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Fixed component ID

    5724H8800

Applicable component levels

  • R700 PSY

       UP

  • R800 PSY

       UP

  • R850 PSY

       UP

  • R900 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PI72154

Modified date: 19 December 2016