IBM Notes Traveler for Android devices requires that Approved Applications be defined in order to view attachment data. Currently, there are no viewer controls built into the Android OS or IBM Notes Traveler. If attachment security settings are enabled, then you must define the approved applications in order to access any of the attachment data on mobile devices. Approved Applications have been "approved" by the administrator for attachment handling. This generally implies that the administrator has done some amount of testing with the application and is familiar enough with it to know it will not leak attachment data outside itself. The IBM Notes Traveler attachment security settings only allow the sharing of attachment data contained within the IBM Notes Traveler mail account or To Do application with applications in the approved list. Once the attachment data is consumed by another application, IBM Notes Traveler can no longer control what happens to it.
The IBM Notes Traveler administrator should perform the following procedure to define an Approved Application:
- Test the application you want to approve for compatibility on an Android device. Ensure that it can be used by employees to handle file attachments coming from IBM Notes Traveler.
- Ensure you have access to an Android device where both IBM Notes Traveler and the application in question are installed.
- Open the IBM Notes Traveler application on the Android device and selects Menu > Tools > Security > Send Inventory.
This action causes IBM Notes Traveler to gather a list of all applications installed on the device and send them to the IBM Notes Traveler server. A new file will be generated in the directory <Domino data directory>\IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT\traveler\logs\tprs. The naming convention used for the file is username_Android_inventory_datestamp.zip.
- Inside the zip is an XML data file called ApplicationInventory.xml. Extract this file to a temporary directory.
- Using a web browser supported by the IBM Notes Traveler administration web client, open the IBM Notes Traveler administration application (LotusTraveler.nsf).
- Navigate to the Approved Applications view and click Import. Select the local file ApplicationInventory.xml that was previously extracted. Every application that was on the Android device displays in the import list. Select one or more applications you would like to approve and click Continue to add these applications to the IBM Notes Traveler approved application lists.
This process can be repeated for multiple applications. Approved applications then show up in the Approved Application view, and are automatically pushed to the IBM Notes Traveler Android clients connected to the IBM Notes Traveler server.
The following data fields are collected for each application:
Signifies the friendly name of the application and is the recommended field for approved applications. No special characters are allowed and the maximum length is 255 characters. Application Identifier
Unique application identifier. Typically, this is a package name such as com.acme.myapp. This identifier should be retrieved from the ApplicationInventory.xml file that is submitted from the IBM Notes Traveler Android client using the Send Inventory action. The maximum length for an Application ID is 255 characters.
For Android devices, two additional data fields are collected that are not for Apple iOS applications:
This is the application version string. By default, the application version is not considered for an approved application. However, if you want to require that only a specific version of an application is considered as approved, then edit the Approved Application definition and check the field Only allow specified versions. Note that more than one version can be listed, each on a new line. The maximum combined length for the version string is 1024 characters.Signature
This is a hashed digital signature of the application that is used to further validate the application identity. There must be at least one signature hash present. The maximum combined length for a Signature is 2024 characters. Parent topic: Working with attachment security settings