Ed,
Thanks for the help. No, we are not going to store the password. I just
need to
verify the supervisor's password for that one time entry into the menu
option.
I don't think I want to swap the user profile (adopt authority) unless it
is for
this particular menu option only. But, you see, anyone could know another's
user
profile ID therefore, I really need the supervisor (or imposter) to key in
that password.
Sounds like Get Profile Handle is the ticket. I will also check into the
Release Profile Handle API. We really are trying to beef up security.
Thanks for your help.
Fran

>The Get Profile Handle API will take a user-ID and a password, verify the
>password and then return a profile handle. The handle can be used to swap
>the user profile of the job.

>>The reasoning is that a supervisor could assign a task to a user who does
not have authority to that particular menu option. The supervisor would
then enter his own operator/password combination. When the user leaves the
menu option, the authority is removed.<<

>This sounds to me like you are planning to store the supervisors password
>and then verify it at a later time. It is never a good idea for a normal
>application to store a password. If you need to swap user profile of the
>job to the supervisor then it may be better to use a program that uses
>adopted authority. A program that adopts the supervisors authority can use
>the Get Profile Handle API to get a profile handle for the supervisor
>without needing to use the supervisors password. You can then use that
>handle to swap the user profile of the job.

>Ed Fishel,
>edfishel@US.IBM.COM

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