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Re: Review requested on issue #2410 (SSL client certs option)

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:02:09 -0400

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 9:58 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com> wrote:
> "Mark Phippard" <markphip_at_gmail.com> writes:
>> On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 9:23 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com> wrote:
>>> "Mark Phippard" <markphip_at_gmail.com> writes:
>>>> So then how does the client find a cert in the default location? I
>>>> thought what Joe was saying is that anyone that needs to use a client
>>>> cert knows they have to configure it in some way.
>>> I don't know how client certs get into the default location now, but
>>> whatever way they do, that isn't affected by the proposed change. Joe
>>> is merely saying that if the client does *not* find the cert there, that
>>> (by default) we shouldn't prompt for some other path.
>>> He also suggests that we improve the couldn't-find-it error to give some
>>> more information about where to put certs, and (I assume) to mention the
>>> new config option in case the user would like to be prompted.
>> Well that is kind of what I am getting at. He seems to be proposing
>> we replace our code with new code that finds certs somewhere. I am
>> asking for the details. It could be relevant to caching the
>> passphrases if the thing that stores the certificates also secures
>> them.
> Oh. I thought we already had code that looks for client certs in some
> default location (under ~/.subversion/, presumably), and that the
> prompting only happens if the client doesn't find any in that default
> location.
> If that's not the case, then I don't understand how client certs could
> work at all without prompting (but I also don't understand how they
> could possibly ever have been useful, since that would imply that
> everyone gets prompted every time).

AIUI, the only way to configure client certs is the servers file.
This is not automatic at all. The book says the same:


Mark Phippard
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