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As an IBMer supporting WebSphere MQ I have always been intrigued by the place known as the Hursley Lab, located in the UK. Finally, on my 15 year anniversary as an IBM employee I set off on a trip to visit the place where MQ is developed. I felt somewhat like Charlie going to visit the Chocolate Factory.
I was thrilled to be chosen to participate in an IBM Redbooks residency for publishing a book which will provide information about the MQ version 8 enhancements. MQ V8 was made available in June 2014 and contains... [More]
The new age of Mobile computing is changing our lives, allowing us to keep in touch with friends and family. Any idle moment in the day, we are using our mobile devices to read email, news, or create a to-do list (mine never seems to decrease!). We take breaks in our social gatherings to check email and share the latest viral videos. Mobile is also extending to the enterprise, enabling employees to become more productive - access information from anywhere and use geo-location services to get contextual data.
WebSphere MQ V7.1 introduced a channel security feature called Channel Authentication Records, or CHLAUTH for short. The feature allows you to set rules to indicate what should happen to inbound connections to your queue manager. By default there are three rules in place and one of them is there to block all remote privileged users - that is those in the mqm group for example. To understand whether you are being blocked by this particular rule see " I'm being blocked by CHLAUTH - how can I work out why? "
WebSphere MQ V7.1 introduced a feature which allows you to block IP addresses from connecting to your queue manager - this feature is Channel Authentication Records, or CHLAUTH for short. In fact there are two ways that CHLAUTH allows you to block IP addresses. Today we will describe when to use each type. Two ways to block First let us show you two examples of how to block IP addresses using CHLAUTH. Example 1: SET CHLAUTH('*') TYPE(ADDRESSMAP) ADDRESS('184.108.40.206') USERSRC(NOACCESS) Example 2: SET CHLAUTH('*') TYPE(BLOCKADDR) ADDRLIST('220.127.116.11')... [More]
When we start talking about SSL problems on WebSphere MQ (WMQ), it can be an intimidating topic. Many people do not understand SSL configuration and when they have problems related to SSL they just do not know where to start. Even for the short list of people who do understand SSL configuration in WMQ, troubleshooting a problem can sometimes be a difficult task. In WMQ V7.x, many of the SSL related problems we see are dealing with Java™ or JMS configurations. With this in mind, we have created a technote which we think will help with the... [More]
WebSphere MQ V7.1 introduced a channel security feature, Channel Authentication Records, or CHLAUTH for short. This feature allows you to set up rules to detail how your inbound connections should be treated. Should they be allowed or blocked. Today we shall look at the best way to use CHLAUTH rules in MQ. Allow or Block? When thinking about the control of inbound connections into your queue manager, there are two perspectives. Either you can try to list all the connections that are not allowed, or you can start by saying all connections are... [More]
WebSphere MQ V7.1 introduced a channel security feature called Channel Authentication Records, or CHLAUTH for short. The feature allows you to set rules to indicate what should happen to inbound connections to your queue manager, i.e. channels and clients. Should they be allowed to connect or should they be blocked from connecting. If you migrate up from an earlier release to V7.1, i.e. you created your queue manager at an earlier release, then CHLAUTH will be disabled by default. However, if you create your queue manager with the V7.1... [More]
Earlier in the year I wrote an article talking about the hot topics in WebSphere MQ (WMQ). I thought now would be a good time to take another look and see what has changed. I found a lot of the things that were hot then are still hot now. So in this article, I am not going to talk much about the items included in the last article. Instead, I will list 5 new items that I did not include in my list the last time. In case you missed the first article you should go back and take a look at that because many of those items are still hot topics... [More]
Last month I posted an article in this blog where I talked about the hot topics in WebSphere MQ (WMQ): What's Hot in the WebSphere MQ World? This month I decided to do something similar for WebSphere Message Broker (WMB). I did some more research to find out which technotes were being referenced most in problems records opened with the WMB support team. I followed a similar strategy as the one I used in WMQ and eliminated the Mustgather technotes which outline the information necessary to investigate any problem and so they are referenced... [More]
In Websphere MQ version 7.1 it is now possible to use the setmqaut (set mq authorities) to set the security for remote cluster queues or remote queue managers. This allows you to secure access to objects on a remote queue manager. Prior to version 7.1 access needed to be granted to put messages to the SYSTEM.CLUSTER.TRANSMIT.QUEUE. Enabling Remote Object Authorization allows selective access control to objects residing remotely. This functionality is in the Security stanza of the qm.ini file for the queue manager.... [More]
I received a request today asking if there is a list of vulnerability security risk information for WebSphere MQ and asking if there is any way to get notified automatically about these. The answer to both questions is yes. Vulnerabilities are listed using the IBM ISS X-Force vulnerability reporting system. The article at this link Security Bulletin for Websphere MQ talks more about it and contains a link to it called Search for WebSphere MQ vulnerabilities . You can automatically receive updates of these using the IBM Software Support... [More]
So have you been having issues with Certificate Management on WebSphere Partner Gateway (WPG) 6.2? During this period I have dealt with a number of these issues and I thought I would share some useful links to help troubleshoot these issues. During WPG processing are you getting errors such as CertPathBuilderExceptions in your logs. This normally refers to Certificate Chaining errors where WPG is unable to build the certificate path. To resolve this issue please refer to document: Avoiding certificate chaining errors when loading Public... [More]
Should your broker service id be an administrator on Windows platforms? The short answer is NO. Why? The broker is an application, to which you can deploy about any code you want. Any code the broker runs on your behalf will run as an administrator. Example (True Story) Our password store deleted our password for a broker machine located halfway across the US from me. We completely lost access to the machine. Knowing a broker was running as an administrator on the machine, I knew there would be a way to recover it. So, I queried the active... [More]
Security requirements vary from application to application. WebSphere MQ is no different. For instance, if you ignore security considerations for WebSphere MQ on i5/OS, UNIX and Windows systems, you simply won't be able to implement WebSphere MQ. Ignoring these on WebSphere MQ for z/OS means any user will be able to access and change your MQ resources. There are many variations of security implementation for WebSphere MQ. With so many articles, technotes and books available on the subject, it's understandable how security can get confusing... [More]
Security is a hot topic these days and I'd like to explain the basic use of the mcauser attribute for controlling client access for WebSphere MQ. An inbound channel with a blank MCAUSER value will permit whatever is connecting to administer the local queue manager. To prevent this, some best practices include setting MCAUSER to the ID of the person using the respective channels, and give them the required access. The MCAUSER attribute of the SYSTEM.DEF.SVRCONN should be set to something that has no authorities on the server. Access control in... [More]
When you are sending messages between queue managers or between clients and queue managers, most of the time there is a need to provide Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) / Transport Layer Security (TLS) in your environment. This type of security has keys that encrypt and decrypt the messages to ensure its integrity as it moves within the network. Thus the message is unable to be tampered with which could cause unwanted harm. There are different ways to secure WebSphere MQ, such as using security exits or user security. However, when you use... [More]
I am Kawsar Kamal from the WebSphere for z/OS defect support team. I came across an interesting scenario recently that makes a good candidate for my first entry into the WebSphere blog. Background: Personal certificates are signed by a Certificate Authority (CA). Both the CA and the personal certificates have a time range between which they are valid. In addition, the certificate start time (and date) must be later than or equal to its signer CA start time, and the certificate end (expiry) time must be earlier than or equal to CA end time. If... [More]
Sometimes problem records that I work on for WebSphere MQ Level 2 have a common theme. I've seen a few instances lately where people have created Group IDs with more than 12 characters on Linux Platforms. I thought I would share what I've learned in this area, and hopefully it will help you. Group IDs greater than 12 characters cause an error when the WebSphere MQ Object Authority Manager (OAM) checks the security for access to MQ objects. You might experience unpredictable results when trying to access, or administer, MQ objects and receive a... [More]
Why is the APPL class so important for WebSphere on z/OS servers? Well, the APPL class that is active on your SAF (RACF/ACF2/TopSecret) system protects access to the server. This should be on your checklist for user ID security authorization if it isn't already. I should clarify that we are talking about SAF local registry for Global Security here. The APPL class is SAF specific. Since the customization jobs created by the z/OS Profile Management Tool generate RACF commands for all the user IDs in the WebSphere configuration group, it is easy... [More]