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Restore Utility Password Handling - Alternative Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038114D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Buquoi, GH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described to determine the password of a database after that database has been restored.

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Restore Utility Password Handling - Alternative Method

A method is described to determine the password of a database after that database has been restored.

The Restore Utility restores a database that was saved using the Database Manager Backup Utility. The database that was saved may or may not have been password protected. At the time Restore is run, the database that is being restored may or may not exist on the user's system and it may or may not be password protected.

If the database being restored currently exists, the Restore Utility will delete the current copy of the database, replacing it with the copy that was saved. Since the password information is part of the database, the password of the newly restored database is now whatever it was at the time the database was saved. This 'old' password is probably not the same as the password that was replaced.

With the new method, the user is prompted for the password that was in effect at the time the database was saved, and also for the password of the current database. If the database was not password pretected at the time it was saved, no password is necessary. Likewise, no password is necessary for the current database if it is not password protected. The restored database will retain the password that was in effect when the database was saved.

This insures the security of the database.

Disclosed anonymously.

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