Home page logo

webappsec logo WebApp Sec mailing list archives

RE: RDB-based secure data storage
From: "Michael Silk" <silkm () hushmail com>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 20:30:23 -0700

Hi Calum,

 First, I think you need to ask some questions.

 1. Secure from who ?
 2. Secure from viewing, or secure from change, or both.

 Only after you have answered these questions can you solve your problem,
 and the solution will become easier :)

-- Michael

-----Original Message-----
From: Calum Power [mailto:enune () fribble net]
Sent: Thursday, 13 May 2004 4:03 PM
To: webappsec () securityfocus com
Subject: RDB-based secure data storage

G'day webappsec,

I have been asked by my employer to design a system for storing sensative
private data collected from the company's clients. They tell me that
data MUST be very secure, yet clients must be able to update the
information themselves via a Web-based interface.

My immediate reaction was to use something like GPG/PGP to encrypt the
data before storing it in a RDBMS like MySQL. However this then has the
additional problem of needing the user to edit the data.

My next thought would be to have each clients 'username' be a public
key, and their 'password' be the passphrase to this private key. This
course would not be overly secure, and the 'administrator' of this would
not be able to update the information without using the users' password.

So, I was just wondering if anyone had come across the same problem.
Perhaps there's a method of encryption that I'm overlooking.



Calum Power
Cultural Jammer
Security Enthusiast
Hopeless Cynic

enune () fribble net

Concerned about your privacy? Follow this link to get
FREE encrypted email: https://www.hushmail.com/?l=2

Free, ultra-private instant messaging with Hush Messenger

Promote security and make money with the Hushmail Affiliate Program: 

  By Date           By Thread  

Current thread:
[ Nmap | Sec Tools | Mailing Lists | Site News | About/Contact | Advertising | Privacy ]