When Hadoop started, it had a security problem. The spin from the various Hadoop vendors and proponents tended to be something like, "We see security as a front-end application issue."

This is what you say when you don't have a good answer, JavaWorld reports.

Since then, solutions like Apache Knox and Cloudera Manager have provided answers for authentication and authorization for basic database management functions. The underlying Hadoop Filesystem now incorporates Unix-like permissions.

This hasn't completely quashed the issue, largely because of the way entrepreneurs think: If you can't come up with a new idea, then plunk the S-word after the name of a...

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