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Seeking a clever way to hide a GSA password in an RTC Build Definition

Randall Beck (22312) | asked May 13 '16, 6:58 p.m.
I have a build customer for whom I just set up a new RTC Jazz Build Engine.

Build Environment
  • The build engine is running Windows 2008 R2
  • The JBE uses the 5.0.2 Build Toolkit
  • This is a Command Line Build Definition, so I cannot use any Ant magic
  • During their build, they would like to copy files from the JBE to their GSA project area using their own GSA ID.
How can I protect the integrity of their GSA password?  I do not see a way to hide the characters as a Build Property.

Thanks in advance


Donald Nong commented May 16 '16, 3:18 a.m.

How about using a copy tool that can accept a password file? I don't have any such tools in mind though.

Randall Beck commented May 16 '16, 10:45 a.m.

@dnong — A good thought, and that is the workaround that I am using today. 

However, for long term use – given our passwords need to be changed every 90 days – it would be more elegant to use a Build Def property if possible.

Donald Nong commented May 16 '16, 7:50 p.m.

Are you aware of this similar discussion?

The idea is that as long as you need to pass a password from one application to another application via command line, it will be clear text. Is your situation similar or different?

Randall Beck commented May 17 '16, 5:02 p.m.

@dnong — Thanks for your suggestion.

I was not aware of that thread but after reading it, I find that it does not pertain to my use case. I am not using Rational Build Forge for this customer. The only two apps involved for me are the RTC Build Toolkit & the RTC SCM server.

so in a way my question is much easier as I do not depend on a BF adaptor.

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