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Status Future consideration
Workspace WebSphere Liberty
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 11, 2021

imcl not usable if usrprf has password *none

We started using ansible for managing our ibm i platform.

We host a large websphere environment on it.

I started to do the updates of Express and liberty via ansible.

The first approaches did not work because of imcl complaining about the ansible user which was not a root or Administrator for imcl, altough it had all rights auf a secofr user.

The issue was also recreateable within qsh on the local host.

I opened a case at ibm and got the cause:

For using ansible i created a seperate secofr user. For security reasons i set the password to *NONE, because the access from ansible is done only via ssh-keys.

That works for most of the things we do, but not for using imcl.

Imcl uses jt400 in the background. and that does not work with a user having a password set to *none.

So the workaround i do is, when using imcl, i set a password before to a dummy string, do the imcl things and afterwards set the password back to *none.

But i guess for security reasons, this should be fixed.

Idea priority Medium