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RFC: New authn/authz policy for svn.collab.net

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:11:03 -0400

I'm contemplating a relatively minor change of authn/authz policy for
svn.collab.net. Specifically, I'd like to make two changes:

1. Allow authenticated repository access only over SSL connections, and
anonymous repository access only over non-SSL connections. This means we
can stop using throw-away passwords for this server.

2. Unify the password files on the server into one. Some of our
repositories already only allow SSL access (because we keep more sensitive
data there), so we have a separate htpasswd file for those where folks
currently put better passwords. But maintaining those files isn't as
routine and automated as managing our regular svn commit access files, even
though there are patterns we could employ to accomplish this. But why have
patterns when you can technically guarantee the results you want?

Overall, this should greatly simplify things over the status quo, which offers:

- for one repos, anonymous read / authenticated write / no path-based authz
/ SSL or non-SSL

- for another repos, anonymous read / authenticated read+write / path-basd
authz / SSL or non-SSL

- for a third repos, authenticated read+write, SSL-only

Confused yet? Yeah.

The only downside I can think of here is that committers will require
SSL-enabled Subversion clients. While this might not be a problem for most
of us, it's not clear to me how that affects our casual users (translators,
contrib maintainers, etc.)


C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
CollabNet   <>   www.collab.net   <>   Distributed Development On Demand

Received on 2009-07-30 18:11:26 CEST

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