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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 7, 2023

EDRSQL server requires QUSER *RWX authority to ROOT

We recently secured our ROOT directory in the IFS; however, when the EDRSQL server job (QXDAEDRSQL) starts up; MSG CPE3401 is shown in the joblog and the job ends. (see attached joblog)

The Security Audit Journal records an Authority Failure (AF) identifying QUSER and the ROOT directory as the object failing (see attached)

We determined that adding QUSER with *RWX and *NONE allows the EDRSQL server job to startup.

Adding the communications default user profile (QUSER) to have full control over the ROOT directory is problematic.... Might you have a suggestion on how to accomplish this task without exposing our entire ROOT directory to the QUSER user profile?

Holly Rademacher (IBM) suggested that we could grant authority to QUSER before starting the service, and then remove authority once it's started. Kinda hokey, but it would work....

My code

0067.00 /* Start TCP

0068.00 QSYGETPH PRFHDL(&curprfhdl)

0069.00 QSYGETPH USER(qsecofr) PRFHDL(&secprfhdl)

0070.00 QWTSETP PRFHDL(&secprfhdl)

0071.00 STRTCP

0072.00 DLYJOB DLY(20)


0074.00 /* Restart with correct auth

0075.00 ENDTCPSVR SERVER(*edrsql)

0076.00 DLYJOB DLY(10)

0077.00 CHGAUT OBJ('/') USER(QUSER) DTAAUT(*rwx)

0078.00 STRTCPSVR SERVER(*edrsql)

0079.00 DLYJOB DLY(10)

0080.00 CHGAUT OBJ('/') USER(QUSER) DTAAUT(*none) OBJAUT(*none)

0081.00 QSYRLSPH PRFHDL(&secprfhdl)

0082.00 QSYRLSPH PRFHDL(&curprfhdl)

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
    Oct 18, 2023

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that is important to address.

    This is not only true for the EDRSQL server - but for every service running on the platform as securing the root directory is highly recommended.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Anrdres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Oct 3, 2023
    IBM will use this Idea as input to planning, but no commitment is made or implied. This Idea will be updated in the future if IBM implements it.

    Db2 for i development team
    IBM Power Systems Development