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Status Under review
Created by Guest
Created on May 13, 2021

Multifactor Authentication Support for db2connectactivate utility execution on z/OS Db2

We have a large amount of z/OS Db2 workload initiated from remote connections. Initially we used Db2 Connect servers to facilitate those connections but have recently moved to direct connections whicWackage. We use the db2connectactivate utility to create the SP and bind the package and need to run it for the V11.5 license. Our audit/compliance rules require us to use a Multifactor Authentication ID for any elevated access. This MFA ID must be checked out daily and requires a password which has a token component that changes every 30 seconds. The db2connectactivate utility drops/recreates the SYSIBM.DB2CON_LIC SP and rebinds the DB2LIC.SYSLIC package. When we run that utility with our MFA ID, the DB2LIC.SYSLIC rebind fails with an authentication error because it is trying to establish a new connection with the MFA credentials that have now expired.

We are requesting MFA support within the db2connectactivate utility which would allow both the drop/recreate of the SYSIBM.DB2CONLIC SP and DB2LIC.SYSLIC bind to occur as part of a single connection so the original credentials will be used. Today we are unable to enable the V11.5 license in Production because we cannot manually bind the DB2LIC.SYSLIC which is the piece that is failing on the second connection.

This license is crucial for our remote workload and MFA IDs are required for the level of access this utility needs to complete the drop/recreate/bind processes. We are asking for the db2connectactivate utility to be redesigned to support the use of an MFA ID.


Needed by Date Jun 1, 2021