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Advanced Encryption Configuration

Follow these steps to enable advanced encryption support:

  1. When Advanced Encryption is enabled, FairCom DB requires a master password at server startup. Run the ctcpvf utility to generate a new master password for use when launching the Advanced Encryption enabled Server. This will generate the file ctsrvr.pvf. See Master Password Verification Options.

    Note: FairCom DB looks for the file ctsrvr.pvf in the server binary area, so this file name should be specified. ctcpvf.exe creates the ctsrvr.pvf file in that same directory where it is run (e.g., the tools directory). On launch, the server looks for ctsrvr.pvf in the server directory, so ctsrvr.pvf needs to be moved or copied to the server directory.

    Note: Developers can use the FairCom DB SDK to replace this prompt with an application-specific method of retrieving the master password. See the "Key Store Option" discussion in the ctcpvf utility.

  2. To enable Advanced Encryption for the database server, place the following keyword in the ctsrvr.cfg configuration file prior to launching:


    To enable Advanced Encryption for standalone models, call ctSetAdvancedEncryption(YES), then call InitIsam()

Important: Advanced Encryption is disabled by default. Any time you change the advanced encryption setting, you should delete the FAIRCOM.FCS file (which contains user and group information) before restarting FairCom DB so user and group information is encrypted for protection. All user and group information must be recreated if the FAIRCOM.FCS file is deleted. Alternatively, ctcv67 can be used with option E to encrypt an existing FAIRCOM.FCS.

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Master Password Verification Options

ctencrypt - Utility to Change Master Password