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What does the message "The system has been asked to decrypt data that has no encryption type tag. Returning unencrypted string." mean?

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Article ID: 53096

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Products

CA Single Sign On Secure Proxy Server (SiteMinder) CA Single Sign On SOA Security Manager (SiteMinder) CA Single Sign-On

Issue/Introduction

Description:

I'm running SiteMinder WAM UI R12 SP1 CR04 and I can see on regular bases the following message in the application server log:

<- Begin 
12:47:31,069 WARN  [ims.idmutils.crypto] The system has been asked to decrypt data that has no encryption type tag. Returning unencrypted string. 12:47:34,799 WARN  [ims.idmutils.crypto] The system has been asked to decrypt data that has no encryption type tag. Returning unencrypted string. 12:47:34,999 WARN  [ims.idmutils.crypto] The system has been asked to decrypt data that has no encryption type tag. Returning unencrypted string. 12:47:35,066 WARN  [ims.idmutils.crypto] The system has been asked to decrypt data that has no encryption type tag. Returning unencrypted string. 
-> End 

Could you please explain what the above message means?

Solution:

This message occurs when a string is passed to the decryption routines and does not contain the encryption type prefix. In this case the decryption routines treat this as a non encrypted text string and pass on the value unchanged. A message is produced to indicate that such an event has occurred.

Environment

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Component: SMPLC