How to mask a password in macro browser?

During insertion of a plugin macro in Confluence page, a password is input through Macro Browser by the editor of the page and the password remains exposed to other editor of the same Confluence page.

That's why it's better to mask the password. But the parameter options seem to have no such facilities presently.

What I need is support for type="password" as parameter options.

If suitable parameters option is not available, what is the alternative?

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Davin Studer Community Champion Feb 24, 2017

So, there are a couple things that you should think about regarding this since you are developing the add-on yourself. If you truly want to hide the password from your users, then you probably don't want to do this the way you are thinking as the password would be stored in clear text in the Confluence storage format (which is easily accessible from https://yourserver/plugins/viewstorage/viewpagestorage.action?pageId=#####). Not only that your users could easily get the password with a very small amount of javascript run from the browser's dev console. A more typical approach would be to create a place in Confluence Admin where an admin could create canned SQL connections. Then in your macro you provide your users a drop down to select which connection they want. That would be a better method to secure your passwords. The way you are going about it would not be secure at all.

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Davin Studer Community Champion Feb 22, 2017

What macro of what add-on is this for?

It's a macro plugin for Confluence to query external database. Its parameter list goes like this in file "atlassian-plugin.xml":

<xhtml-macro name="database-query" class="com.atlassian.tutorial.macro.DatabaseQuery" key="database-query-macro">
<description key="database-query.macro.desc"/>
<category name="formatting"/>
<parameter name="Database_Type" type="enum">
<value name="MySql"/>
<value name="Oracle"/>

<parameter name="Host_Name" type="string"/>

<parameter name="Port" type="string"/>

<parameter name="SID_or_DB" type="string"/>

<parameter name="User_Name" type="string"/>

<parameter name="Password" type="username"/>

<parameter name="SQL" type="string"/>


At the end macro (JAR file) is added by add-on manager. When the macro is inserted to a Confluence page, Macro browser is opened to get the parameters (before preview).

The macro plugin works fine. Only problem is password field is exposed to other users also because it's not masked (what is done by a type "password" filed in html).

Is my description of the problem enough to understand?

Please reply.

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Davin Studer Community Champion Feb 23, 2017

What is the add-on name, or is this something y'all have made yourselves?

I'm using confluence SDK environment for plugin development. My plugin is based on the setup created by the command "atlas-create-jira-plugin-module".

Thanks for clear explanation. I would try to create data sources in Confluence Admin to be later used from application.

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