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Encrypt  RM COBOL data files?

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I am running an application with RM COBOL data files is there anyway to encrypt this data while it is stored in the files?
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by:frederico
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Not within RM/COBOL. Liant's COBOL does not have such option.
And as far as I know no unix filesystem allows that to be set for a particular file, independently of the software used to access the file (I may be wrong on this though).

If this is a major issue for you then I would consider changing to ACUCOBOL, as their Vision filesystem allows for this. (Note though that you may have problems with it depending on what type of information you have on the files (e.g. binary or not)
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by:dorinda
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I was already aware that Liant didn't have anything for this.  I would really need to be able to encrypt the binary and packed data.
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by:dorinda
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I was already aware that Liant didn't have anything for this.  I would really need to be able to encrypt the binary and packed data.
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frederico earned 100 total points
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If you were aware that Liant did not do it, then you should have made it clear in the first post.

If you need to have access to the files while they are encrypted then have a look at the following which are some crypto file systems that may or not work in your unix system. Have a look at them and see if any apply to you.

CFS (Cryptographic File System for Unix)
http://www.crypto.com/software/

InfoGuard info can be retrieved from Infotrek's
mail server by sending email to infotrek@netcom.com
with 'INFOREQ' as the subject line.


http://www.jetico.com/index.htm#/linux.html

http://linux01.gwdg.de/~alatham/ppdd.html

You can also use COBOL ACCESS+ from www.rldt.fr which allows you to have your files sitting in a relational database like Oracle or Informix, which (At least Oracle) allow you to crypt the databases.

(VERY expensive solution unless you already have an Oracle database license)



If you are only looking to encrypt the files while they are not at use then have a look at www.pgp.com, as this is a very good solution to encrypt offline files.
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