Bug 579766 - Installer UI inability to handle unicode means passwords can be incorrectly obfuscated.
Installer UI inability to handle unicode means passwords can be incorrectly o...
Product: RHQ Project
Classification: Other
Component: Installer (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: RHQ Project Maintainer
Mike Foley
: FutureFeature, i18n
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Blocks: 579824
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Reported: 2010-04-06 09:57 EDT by Corey Welton
Modified: 2014-05-02 13:59 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-05-02 13:59:30 EDT
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Description Corey Welton 2010-04-06 09:57:02 EDT
Description of problem:
User can enter unicode entities in the forms on the Installer UI, but these are not handled correctly.  The resulting mangled text is what gets obfuscated, versus the unicode entities.

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How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Unpack and start server.
2. "$JBOSSON_HOME/bin/generate-db-password.sh 你好"; observe results
3. In the password field, enter the characters '你好' and initiate install
4. After installer commences -- and possibly failed -- view results in rhq-server.properties
Actual results:

[root@core-01 bin]# ./generate-db-password.sh 你好
Encoded password: 68f725778bb36d3b
[root@core-01 bin]# grep "rhq.server.database.password" rhq-server.properties 

Expected results:

Password should match

Additional info:
I think what is happening is that the unicode characters, upon submit, are getting translated into their html entities -- so "你好" becomes "你好", which is in turn obfuscated.

We need to fix the UI to allow unicode input (preferable but intensive) and/or document whether we'll allow unicode characters in passwords.  As it stands, I suspect Oracle and perhaps Postgresql do both support it.
Comment 1 Charles Crouch 2010-04-06 10:33:17 EDT
Corey, can you check how we handle unicode passwords in 2.3.1? From your analysis if the installer really is converting these to html entities before storing them in rhq-server.properties, then unicode passwords will never have worked.

If thats the case, then I'm fine with making this an RFE and doc'ing this restriction for 2.4
Comment 2 Corey Welton 2010-04-06 11:28:13 EDT
I don't suspect this is a regression - in that sense, I agree that it's not necessarily something we need to 'fix' this release... however the new obfuscation tool introduces disparity.  As users previously hadn't been provided a clean route to enter unicode passwords, it was not as much an issue.  generate-db-password.sh, however, does allow it, so we're need to manage this in some way or another.

I am fine with a doc note.  I can mark this FutureFeature and get a docs issue written up.

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