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

From: Jack Repenning <jrepenning_at_collab.net>
Date: 2007-10-12 18:05:57 CEST

On Oct 11, 2007, at 10:05 PM, Ph. Marek wrote:

> Maybe the best course would be some using some agent ...

Yes, of course; you can centralize to a single "point of obscurity,"
but you can't eliminate the need for the user to authenticate somehow.

There's an interesting alternate indication here that I don't quite
understand; does anyone else? In OS X "Tiger" (10.4.x, the current
version), Apple appear to have removed the code that calls out to ssh-
agent, from their distribution of OpenSSH which is bundled with the
OS. I've googled up a lot of consternation about this, and done a
bit of experimental confirmation myself, but I can't find any
enlightenment. I had thought, perhaps, that someone might have found
some objection to the scheme, probably to the essential scheme since
a mere bug would rather have been fixed. But I find no traces of
this, nor do I see other platforms yanking ssh-agent compatibility.
So I'm puzzled. Anyone on this list know whazzup?

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