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XX00217: MQ V8 EXPLORER PASSWORD FIELD IN THE USERID PANE OF THE QUEUE MANAGER PROPERTIES APPEARS POPULATED WHEN NO PASSWORD DEFINED

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • After upgrading a WebSphere MQ v7.5 Explorer to the WebSphere MQ
    v8 Explorer, when viewing the connection details Userid pane for
    a remote queue manager, the field titled "Password:" is
    populated with eight asterisks and the "Clear password.." button
    is enabled. This occurs despite no password being set for the
    connection to this remote queue manager. This suggests a
    password is being used when connecting to the queue manager when
    in fact it is not, which is misleading.
    

Local fix

  • Two workarounds exist:
    
    Option 1:
    ------------
    Click the "Clear password.." button on the queue manager's
    connection details Userid pane. This will cause the WebSphere MQ
    V8 Explorer to set the password
    value to null internally and prevent the eight asterisks from
    appearing.
    
    Option 2:
    -----------
    Remove the remote queue manager definition from the WebSphere MQ
    V8 Explorer (that was previously added using an pre-version 8
    WebSphere MQ Explorer) and re-add it using WebSphere MQ V8
    Explorer.
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    USERS AFFECTED:
    This issue affects all users who have migrated a WebSphere MQ
    v7.5 Explorer, that has remote queue manager definitions, to
    WebSphere MQ V8.0 Explorer and have not set a password within
    the user identification information that is passed to the queue
    manager on connection attempts.
    
    
    Platforms affected:
    Windows, Linux on x86-64, Linux on x86
    
    ****************************************************************
    PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:
    When using the WebSphere MQ V7.5 Explorer, the default password
    value for the user connection information was the empty string
    "". This was persisted to the queue manager handles file when
    the WebSphere MQ Explorer was closed. The WebSphere MQ V8.0
    Explorer uses a null value by default and, as such, no value is
    persisted to the queue manager handles file.
    
    When the WebSphere MQ V8 .0 Explorer starts, it reads in the
    properties persisted to the queue manager handles file to
    construct the internal objects required to display the queue
    manager within the Navigator view of the WebSphere MQ Explorer
    itself. Upon viewing a queue manager's connection details Userid
    pane, if the password value as read from the queue manager
    handles file for this queue manager was not null, then the
    WebSphere MQ V8.0 Explorer would display eight asterisks in the
    field titled "Password:". This is to indicate a password would
    be flowed to the queue manager when establishing a connection.
    
    This was misleading as reading a remote queue manager definition
    that was added prior to the WebSphere MQ Explorer being migrated
    to version 8.0, where the password attribute for the queue
    manager had the default empty string value, resulted in the
    WebSphere MQ V8.0 Explorer displaying eight asterisks in the
    "Password:" field and enabling the "Clear password.." button
    even though no password was being flowed.
    

Problem conclusion

  • The WebSphere MQ V8.0 Explorer has been updated such that it
    will only display eight asterisks in the field titled
    "Password:" of a queue manager's connection details Userid pane
    and enable the "Clear password.." button if a password has been
    configured to use when establishing connections with a value
    that is not null and not the empty string.
    
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    The fix is targeted for delivery in the following PTFs:
    
    Version    Maintenance Level
    v8.0       8.0.0.1
    
    The latest available maintenance can be obtained from
    'WebSphere MQ Recommended Fixes'
    http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=171&uid=swg27006037
    
    If the maintenance level is not yet available information on
    its planned availability can be found in 'WebSphere MQ
    Planned Maintenance Release Dates'
    http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=171&uid=swg27006309
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    

Temporary fix

Comments

APAR Information

  • APAR number

    XX00217

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE MQ V8

  • Reported component ID

    5724H7250

  • Reported release

    800

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2014-06-24

  • Closed date

    2014-07-18

  • Last modified date

    2014-07-18

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

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBSPHERE MQ V8

  • Fixed component ID

    5724H7250

Applicable component levels

  • R800 PSY

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Document Information

Modified date:
18 July 2014