Fix #DB2 SQL1639N ( SQLCODE=-1639, SQLSTATE=08001, SQLERRMC=null) authentication issue

By | November 21, 2017

After migrating my full DB2 backup (binaries and data) to a new server I got into several issue. One was already described in the previous post here.

ISSUE:

Even after fixing that start issue I was still not OK. My WebSphere data source that linked to the DB2 instance was not responding.

Trying to ping the data source resulted in the following reported error:

The test connection operation failed for data source MyDS on server dmgr at node localhostCellManager01 with the following exception: java.sql.SQLNonTransientException: DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-1639, SQLSTATE=08001, SQLERRMC=null, DRIVER=4.13.127 DSRA0010E: SQL State = 08001, Error Code = -1,639. View JVM logs for further details.

INVESTIGATION:

Then I tried to see from the command line what is the result:

[root@localhost security]#. /home/db2inst1/sqllib/db2profile
[root@localhost security]# db2 connect to MyDB user db2inst1
Enter current password for db2inst1: 
SQL1639N  The database server was unable to perform authentication because 
security-related database manager files on the server do not have the required 
operating system permissions.  SQLSTATE=08001

OK so this is more clear. Instead of the cryptic SQL error reported to the client by the jdbc driver I got I more explicit description of the error code “1639”.

FIX:

After some digging through the IBM DB2 documentation the solution was to change the ownership and rights of two executable scripts. Note that I use system-based authentication.

# cd /home/db2inst1/sqllib/security
# chown root:root db2chpw
# chown root:root db2ckpw
# chmod u+s db2chpw
# chmod u+s db2ckpw

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