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Status Not under consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 14, 2023

IBM MQ Explorer V9.3 integration with Delinea PAM solution

Relying on case TS014905699 advise, I am posting the "idea" of IBM MQ Explorer integration with Delinea Privileged Access Management (PAM) in order to support the "enhancement" by MQ Explorer the automated password rotation/change implemented by Delinea PAM Secret Server.

Case Description

MQ Explorer is being used for connectivity against several MQ hosts (Severs or Clients) on various platforms (Windows, AIX, Linux, z/OS) by entering manually MQ user profile Credentials (User ID & Pwd), depending on platform authentication mechanism (i.e. Windows -> Domain authentication, AIX/Linux -> OS Authentication, etc)

Now, local Bank organization has deployed Delinea PAM as the core solution for Privileged Access Management (IT admins) against all IT infra Servers (i.e. DBase Servers, Application Servers, File Servers, Domain Controllers, etc), which rotates/changes each admin user's password every 30 days automatically and keeps it within PAM Secret server store, not visible, not accessible by anyone.

As you may realize, the new Delinea PAM solution above, affects user connectivity via MQ explorer against MQ hosts (MQ Servers or MQ Clients), given that MQ user credentials (User ID & Pwd) were defined manually up to now at MQ Explorer connection details properties and stored locally (but encrypted) on WMQ_Passwords.xml located at local Windows path -> C:\Users\xxxxx\IBM\WebSphereMQ\workspace\.metadata\.plugins\


Windows MQ Admin system (Physical or Virtual) -> Windows 10 ver 22H2

MQ Explorer ver

MQ Client v9.3.0.10 LTS

Delinea PAM Secret Server ver 11.1

Delinea Connection Manager ver 2.3.1



Phone No: +30-210 3579189, Mob: +30-6951 653784

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Mark Taylor
    Jan 9, 2024

    This is not something we would expect to implement in MQ.

    For custom userid/password management, you have the option of

    a) not storing any passwords in the Explorer configuration, and entering it each time

    b) Using a channel exit that can obtain the password in any way it wants, and inserting that.

    There are examples of channel exits to assist with authentication; if you know the APIs into your password provider, then you ought to be able to write such an exit (or get some services to write one for you).