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I believe what Kurt was addressing by saying "BAD IDEA" was the simple fact
that you don't want to just start playing around with business systems in
the middle of the day, as the "playing" may impact the processes.  So, he
also asked, if you end up affecting the ability to conduct business as
usual, how are you going to get the password set back to what it was hard
coded for?  Then you're really screwed, because the CEO will be down in your
neck of the woods spouting numbers about how much money the down time is
costing him!!

I'm sure that among those who are security conscious, there is nearly
unanimous agreement that IDs and PWDs should not be hardcode.  A good QA and
change management process can catch those before they get into production.
The bottom line here is that you must be cautious when troubleshooting.

By the way... Motion Seconded! re: the comment about not using "Q" profiles
for daily processes.


-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 11:55 AM
Subject: RE: QUSER on ODBC requests

One vote for good one vote for bad.......any others?.......

I lamented whether or not I would suggest changing the password, I had
thought about just disabling the profile but thought it could cause other

I do not believe it is good practice to use ANY of the "Q" profiles for
day-to-day activities.  These should be assigned to a profile created to
meet company naming/authority standards.

This was mearly a troubleshooting exersize.



GOOD IDEA!  My experience has been that administrators, not to mention
managers, want to know if applications have hardcoded passwords.


BAD IDEA.  If you change the password for QUSER and there are applications
with user and password hardcoded then they will stop working.  Clearly you
don't know if this is the case so how are you going to set the password


 John one way to check and see if it is really QUSER, Change the password
 for QUSER.  If QUSER is hardcoded into a DSN or some such thing this would
 surely break it.  You should then be able to narrow down what is

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