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Sensitive Data Redaction not working


Sensitive Data Redaction not working

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We applied data redaction rules for email and credit card on HDFS services. But when we query on data in hive through shell or HUE UI, redaction policies are not applied on data and data is not redacted. We tried it on 5.8 version of Quickstart VM . Please update and revert.





Re: Sensitive Data Redaction not working

New Contributor

Could you please put your steps here you did

Re: Sensitive Data Redaction not working

Community Manager

Hello Divya,


The purpose of Sensitive Data Redaction is to sanitize log files and query history or any other activitity that are stored outside of the database.  It is not applied to the actual data in your database.


When data redaction is enabled, the following data is redacted:

  • Logs in HDFS and any dependent cluster services.
  • Audit data sent to Cloudera Navigator
  • SQL query strings displayed by Hue, Hive, and Impala.


For example, if you set the search rules to replace "\d{3}[^\w]\d{2}[^\w]\d{4}" with "XXX-XX-XXXX" and, as a user authorized to access the table "employees", you run the following query:




SELECT * FROM employees
WHERE ssn = '123-45-6789'



The query will return the data you requested from the database.  The data redaction will be applied to the query history in Hue which will save the query as:



SELECT * FROM employees



If your database contains sensitive information, to protect it:

  • ensure the permissions on the database are set to only allow access only to authorized users
  • have the data sanitized before it is loaded into your database.


Please see the blog post at and the documentation at for more information.






David Wilder, Community Manager

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