Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.0 Developer's Guide

Looking for Strings in the Database Before Scrambling

Here, you add an entry for Quentin Cubbins to the example suffix before registering the entry store and fetch plug-in with Directory Server. You see that Quentin’s mail address is visible in the database that holds mail address attribute values. Quentin’s entry, quentin.ldif, appears as shown in the following example.

Example 9–4 LDIF Representation of an Entry

dn: uid=qcubbins,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectclass: top
objectclass: person
objectclass: organizationalPerson
objectclass: inetOrgPerson
uid: qcubbins
givenName: Quentin
sn: Cubbins
cn: Quentin Cubbins
userPassword: qcubbins
secretary: uid=bjensen,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com

Add Quentin’s entry to the directory. For example, if the entry is in quentin.ldif, add the following:

$ ldapmodify -a -h localhost -p 1389 -f quentin.ldif \
 -D uid=kvaughan,ou=people,dc=example,dc=com -w bribery

Now look for strings in the directory database file for the mail attribute values.

Example 9–5 Attribute Values in a Database File Before Scrambling

$ cd instance-path/db/example/
$ strings example_mail.db3 | grep

Notice that Quentin’s mail address is clearly visible if a user gains access to the database files. If the value was a credit card number, security would have been an issue.