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Add Smartcard certificate support for ibm_db (Python) client driver

Python is the most popular language in the area of data science and widely used in combination with Db2 - especially in environments with IAS accelerators. At the same time, many large and/or security-concious environments in general no longer accept userid/password authentication for security reasons.

We therefore request the ibm_db driver to be enhanced so that it supports client certificate authentication using Smartcards.

The benefit/value is to make Db2 z/OS data and the IAS infrastructure accessible to a large community of data scientists thereby avoiding unnecessary data replications away from the Mainframe (with all the issues that come with it).

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  • Jul 13 2020
  • Planned for future release
Who would benefit from this IDEA? Any customer using strong authentication and Db2 for z/OS with python; In particular the customers that exploit IDAA/IAS.
How should it work?

The ibm_db (Python) driver supports client certificate authentication in general. This support should be extended to include Smartcard certificates.

(Technical details are available in IBM support case TS003599391.)

Idea Priority High
Priority Justification Security restrictions prevent us (financial institution) from using userid/password authentication; I.e. Db2 for z/OS data - including IAS - is not available to our data scientist community, weakening the position of the Mainframe in this area heavily.
Customer Name Credit Suisse Services AG
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