AS400 User Profiles Switching

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Has anyone ever encountered the problem in which an AS400 user is signed on as himself but at some point his signon switches to an altogether different user? Can you tell me why this happens and how to stop it from happening? We are on operating system V5R4.

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Hi,

I suspect this is caused by the user running a program or command which has “adopted authority”. While the program or command is being used the job will run as if it was used by another user. This is sometimes used to give access to programs or commands which the user would not normally be able to use (for example the user doesn’t have authority to WRKSPLF, so a program or command is created to allow the user to do this).

Take a look at the program stack for the user’s job and check which programs are being used.

Regards,

Martin Gilbert.

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  • Yorkshireman
    I recently read an article describing an API which allowed you to alter the profile within an executing job, For use in web access type stuff I believe. I find I didn't keep the reference in my cuttings file, but perhaps a serach of the iSeries comics sites would help. - anyone else recall it? Yorkshireman
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  • TomLiotta
    Can you clarify? If someone says their "signon switches to an altogether different user", I'll normally think that the job user has changed. Most switches involve current user rather than job user. Changing those is done by different means and would indicate different issues. Tom
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