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Re: svnserve SASL documentation?

From: Vlad Georgescu <vgeorgescu_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-10 23:46:00 CEST

Eric Gillespie wrote:
> Vlad Georgescu <vgeorgescu@gmail.com> writes:
>> saslauthd expects plaintext passwords, which means the passwords must
>> travel over the wire in plaintext. This would be only be OK if we
>> supported SSL, which we currently don't, so plaintext mechanisms are
>> currently disabled. I could enable them again, if people think that's a
>> good idea.
> No, i don't think that's a good idea. I thought we had SSL
> support. What does the "encryption" refer to in these min and
> max encryption directives i edited in svnserve.conf?

SASL can also provide encryption (for certain mechanisms), but it is
activated after the authentication exchange, so it can't protect the

> What would it take to get SSL support?

Some work :). There is already working code in the svnserve-ssl branch,
which I've adapted to work with current trunk/. I've got that code
sitting in a working copy. I suppose I could rebranch svnserve-ssl,
commit what I have now, and work from there.

We also need to have a design discussion about how to extend the ra_svn
protocol to support/negotiate SSL. I _think_ I've got this figured out,
but I need to submit a proposal to the list.

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