Bug #58869 "Vault" not clearly defined in WB documentation
Submitted: 10 Dec 2010 15:15 Modified: 14 Mar 2011 10:35
Reporter: Greg Thomas Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Workbench: Documentation Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.2.31 CE OS:Any
Assigned to: Tony Bedford CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: password, vault

[10 Dec 2010 15:15] Greg Thomas
At various points in Workbench, the user is offered the opportunity to store credentials in the "vault". The docs hint that on Linux, the credentials may be stored securely, though it's not especially clear ("On Linux, the vault is only implemented using the Gnome keyring facility - even on systems based on KDE." - http://dev.mysql.com/doc/workbench/en/wb-manage-db-connections-standard.html).

It would be extremely useful if a definitive answer could be given as to how the credentials are stored on all platforms. For example, para's 2, 3, and 4 of the Subversion FAQ on a similar topic at http://subversion.apache.org/faq.html#plaintext-passwords give a clear explanation of when credentials will be securely stored. I think the Workbench documents would benefit from making it equally explicit.

How to repeat:
Search WB docs for "vault". Note that there is no clear explanation of what it means anywhere within them.
[10 Dec 2010 23:10] MySQL Verification Team
Thank you for the bug report.
[14 Mar 2011 10:35] Tony Bedford
Vault implementation details for each platform have been added to the manual.