What Does Code Signing on z/OS Have To Do with Flying Pigs?
Project and Program: MVS
, MVS Performance
, SHARE St. Louis 2018
As RFC 1925 says*, "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea." It is not impossible to sign code on z/OS, but except for program objects packaged a particular way (and, not incidentally, stored in PDSEs) it is highly impractical in the real world. If you want a glimpse into what happens when vendor-packaged code is processed by SMP/E, sliced and diced by IEBCOPY COPYMOD, and rearranged by the Program Management Binder, come to this session. This topic might be of interest to security wonks, system programmers, and software vendors alike.
* Yes, RFC 1925 really does say that. You can find its full text here: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1925-John Eells-IBM Corporation
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