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Re: Options for how ra_svn client authenticates

From: mark benedetto king <mbk_at_lowlatency.com>
Date: 2003-10-17 16:14:54 CEST

On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 11:02:58PM -0400, Greg Hudson wrote:
> This is tough because ra_svn is a stateless protocol. However,
> we can cut down on the toughness with the following
> observations:

I think you meant "stateful". :-)

What if, when the server decides it needs credentials from the client,
it sends back a special tuple, for example:


ra_svn is stateful, yes, but AFAIK, the client is always blocked inside
svn_ra_svn_read_tuple() when waiting on the server.

Since we know control will be in svn_ra_svn_read_tuple(), we can
take a peek at the first string of the tuple.

If the first string is CHALLENGE, read_tuple() invokes the new and magical
conn->challenge() callback that gets the creds, and then read_tuple() takes
those results and writes them back to the server. Obviously, svnserve's
conn->challenge would be NULL.


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