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Re: Length of passwords for svnserve on HP-UX?

From: Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev_at_farside.org.uk>
Date: 2007-01-26 00:18:45 CET

On Tue, Jan 23, 2007 at 02:25:29AM -0800, mb wrote:
> is there a maximum length of passwords (probably 8 chars) for svnserve
> on HP-UX?
>

No, there certainly shouldn't be.

> The question arises from the following (in my opinion very strange)
> scenario:
>
> SVN server (svnserve 1.3.1 r19032) on HP-UX machine.
>
> a) SVN client on windows2000 (tortoise 1.3.5 r5377)

1.0.5, presumably? Not that it matters.

> b) SVN client on debian (command line 1.2.3 r15833)
> c) SVN client on HP-UX (command line 1.3.1 r19032)
>
> I know the setup is very heterogenous, but ....
>
> With an user that uses a password with more than 8 chars the access
> works with a and b but doesn't work from c. The access fails with NO
> ERROR message and just asks for another username.
>
> After changing the PW to less than 8 chars access worked from all
> clients.
>

That's very odd, and there's certainly nothing in the svn protocol that
has anything to do with password length. Assuming you're not tunnelling
over another protocol (i.e. svn+ssh), all password authentication is
done using CRAM-MD5 - and that has nothing at all to do with password
length.

A network capture of the traffic between the client and server might
shed some light, if you're able to provide it.

Regards,
Malcolm

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