When I start to encrypt the password used for an XCOM transfer is there anything to do on the receiving side?

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Question:

When I start to encrypt the password used for an XCOM transfer is there anything to do on the receiving side?

Answer: 

With XCOM's program XCOMENCR you can encrypt a password before a transfer:

  • On the Mainframe you use PGM=XCOMENCR to encrypt the password
  • On Windows you use %XCOM_HOME%\xcomencr.exe
  • On Unix you use %XCOM_HOME/bin/xcomencr.
On the receiving side there is nothing to do:
  • XCOM receives the password which was sent over.
  • In case it was encrypted, XCOM decrypts it before checking it for relevance.
  • That process is transparent for the user, who has nothing to do.
 

Additional Information:

Even if not using XCOMENCR the password is enciphered before it is sent to the transfer partner and XCOM never sends passwords in a readable form.

XCOMENCR uses an in-house 76-bit proprietary method to encrypt XCOM parameters with a variable and a fixed key.