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Re: [PATCH] Change default "store-passwords" policy to "no"

From: Jack Repenning <jrepenning_at_collab.net>
Date: 2007-10-11 21:10:11 CEST

On Oct 11, 2007, at 7:04 AM, Erik Huelsmann wrote:

> On 10/11/07, Ph. Marek <philipp.marek@bmlv.gv.at> wrote:
>> On Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2007, Mark Phippard wrote:
>>> These are only issues on *nix. Windows and OSX both store passwords
>>> with strong encryption. I'd be an emphatic -1 to changing the
>>> default
>>> behavior on those operating systems.
>>> I know we cannot do strong encryption on *nix without dragging in a
>>> bunch of dependencies. Is there something else that can be done?
>> AFAIK the svn libraries and binaries already require openssl
>> linking ... so
>> that should already be included, no?
> Not if you only build svn://, right?

Tangenting back off the original proposal, seems like it would be a
far more useful investment of time to enable encrypted storage on
*nix when OpenSSL is available.

We (speaking in his CollabNet voice, now) do have customers,
prospective customers, and lost customers who get very hot-and-
bothered by this storing of clear-text passwords. Some accept "it's
not REALLY any worse than CVS," some accept "you can tell your users
to turn that off," and some accept "well, on Windows and OS X it's
much better," but some don't buy any of that (and even the latter is
kind of a black eye for Linux and most other Unices).

Jack Repenning
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