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Re: On backporting r21531 to 1.4.x.

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-09 21:52:19 CEST

C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> Stefan Küng wrote:
>> If the reauthentication would be done completely by Subversion, then it
>> might work. But as far as I understand, with SSPI enabled in neon it
>> will always try first authenticating with that and never even ask
>> Subversion for authentication data (username/password). Of course that
>> happens only if the authentication succeeds with SSPI.
>> That's one of the reasons neon 0.26.x has now the option to disable SSPI
>> during runtime, so that clients can first try with SSPI, then try
>> authenticating without it.
>> (that's also why I think the current (trunk) behavior of Subversion
>> should be improved: avoid the option in the configuration file but after
>> the first authorization failure and reauthenticate again but this time
>> with SSPI disabled).
> I had a bit of trouble parsing that last bit. Are you suggesting that
> we could get by in 1.4.x by simply hard-coding a first attempt with SSPI
> followed by a fallback attempt without?
> See, if we can avoid adding this runtime configuration option, my
> concerns (at least about that matter) will vanish.

No. Either you compile SSPI auth into neon, then it will always use this
first. It will only fall back to basic auth if SSPI authentication
fails. But the problems we have here are not failed SSPI authentications
but a failed authorization due to SSPI authenticating as the 'wrong' user.
If you don't compile SSPI in to neon, then you will always get the basic
authentication - you can't authenticate with SSPI at all.

That's why the runtime option in neon 0.26 is required to fix this
issue. Because just not compile SSPI into neon won't solve the issues
where users need SSPI to authenticate.


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