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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 19, 2018

Hide vendor password on GENLICKEY

When using the GENLICKEY (to generate a license key for a licensed program), the vendor password can be seen while typing in.

Please change the field to non-display so evesdropping is not possible.


Use Case:

When using the GENLICKEY (to generate a license key for a licensed program), the vendor password can be seen while typing in.

Please change the field to non-display so evesdropping is not possible.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2020

    No additional justification or interest received, so declining.

  • Guest
    Feb 26, 2020

    We have considered this request and are leaning towards declining for a couple reasons.

    The GENLICKEY command is part of the SM1 product which, although it refreshes with IBM i, it is not being actively updated. The preferred method for building products is to use the Software Product APIs:
    https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ssw_ibm_i_74/apis/sw1.htm

    In this case, it would be the QLZAGENK API.

    Whether using the GENLICKEY command or QLZAGENK API, the better practice is to have the password stored somewhere securely and to have a program or script retrieve it for key generation purposes.

    We welcome any additional thoughts on the matter. Given the age of this RFE, we'll keep it open until the end of March. If there is no further justification by then, we'll decline it.