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In the operating system there is one entry point DBOPEN Format DBOP0100 that takes care of database access. This is a really powerful exit point, because if activated it shows every access to a file. But on the other side is this exact the biggest problem that providers of Firewall solutions have with this exit point.
REQUEST: Split this exit point or create two other exit points:
QIBM_QDB_OPEN_NATIVE – that is used only in case of native access (RPG, Cobol, Query, SQL, etc.) QIBM_QDB_OPEN_ODBC – that is used only in case of external access (ODBC).
REASON: This would allow customers to register Firewall programs dedicated to external access (what is the target of Firewalls on IBM i) and there would be no performance impact anymore.
DBOPEN is used for Firewall solutions and see what external processes touch what files in order to allow or reject the access. So far so good. But by design the exit point is used for every access, from odbc as well as from the operating system native (RPG, Cobol, Query, SQL, etc.). This means if there is a program registered behind this exit point all external (ODBC) and internal (native) access to a file must pass this exit point. In many cases this causes delays in applications. Customer report few hours delays in their nightly work and delays in interactive jobs during the day. We would appreciate to have this backward compatible for V7R2.
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