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Re: RFE: Transparent encryption on all fields

From: tomas(at)tuxteam(dot)de
To: Bill Moran <wmoran(at)potentialtech(dot)com>
Cc: Sam Halliday <sam(dot)halliday(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: RFE: Transparent encryption on all fields
Date: 2009-04-24 19:45:26
Message-ID: 20090424194526.GA28554@tomas (view raw or flat)
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On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:38:55AM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
[...]

> It's possible that this could be accomplished by something like Veil,
> or the built-in implementation that's coming in some future version of
> PG (is it scheduled for 8.5 at this point?)
> 
> Anyway, if a Veil rule required the user to enter a password that would
> decrypt their key then store it in the session [...]

Still, I don't see much advantage in doing the decryption server-side --
and one disadvantage: if someone hijacks the "live" server, they have
your key.

(The only possible addvantage would be indexing, but you would have to
solve tougher problems: how do you keep the index key protected?

Regards
- -- tomás
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