Encrypting database password

To add extra security to your Jira instance, you can encrypt the database password that is stored in the configuration file used by Jira to access your database. We’ve prepared different encryption methods for basic and advanced users. Additionally, you can create your own encryption based on our Cipher interface.

This solution is an obfuscation, which doesn’t assure real security. Jira still needs to use the plain text password to connect to your database, so the configuration will contain all the information needed to decrypt the password. An attacker could act like Jira to obtain the password. We recommend that you secure the server where Jira and the database reside.

Basic encryption

This method uses a Base64 cipher, which is a simple obfuscation. It’s recommended for users who don’t want to store passwords in plain text, or have to meet specific requirements to encode them. 

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Advanced encryption

This method uses Algorithm cipher that allows you to choose the algorithm used to encrypt your password. It provides more security as you don't have to store the encrypted password anywhere in the configuration file, which makes it difficult to find and decrypt. 

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Creating your own Cipher

If you have extra requirements for storing the password, you can create your own Cipher based on our implementation and examples. To do this, you will need Java knowledge and some basic knowledge of Maven. 

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Last modified on May 7, 2021

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