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Re: Case sensitivity in authz files

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:52:36 +0200

On 25.04.2013 13:39, Julian Foad wrote:
> Philip Martin
>> Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com> writes:
>>> I also propose, in advance, that we include this change in 1.8. It
>>> should be relatively non-invasive as far as code is concerned, but of
>>> course we'll have to yell loudly in the release notes about the changed
>>> behaviour.
>> I've raised http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=4361
>> and given it a 1.8.0 milestone.
> I read the thread and the issue and am not clear exactly what the problem is. You wrote:
>> Consider an authz file:
>> [/]
>> pm = rw
>> PM = r >
> 123... We] store the exact case of th40>< [... We] store the exact case of the80
>> [... We] store the exact case of the first key and
> that is what is
>> checked when querying:
>> $ svnauthz accessof authz.txt --username PM
>> no
>> $ svnauthz accessof authz.txt --username pm
>> r
>> [...] the effective line is "pm = r" which is not something that
>> occurs in the
> file.
> So what exactly is broken, behaviour-wise? Is authorization done with case-insensitive username checking in the server, and the "svnauthz" tool is broken in that it fails to do case-insensitive matching of usernames? Or something else?
> I just want to make sure we're proposing this behaviour change in order to fix a regression since 1.7 or a serious bug. But if the bug is only in the "svnauthz" tool then I would suggest for 1.8 we should just fix that tool to match the way authz works now.

The problem is precisely that user names in the authz file are not
case-sensitive, whereas they typically are so on *nix, and for Windows,
Apache provides an option to make them at least case-consistent when
they're not case-sensitive.

So, it's valid to make "ROOT" and "root" two different users on *nix
(and/or LDAP), but we cannot currently tell them apart in the authz file.

> You also wrote:
>> We made the section names, the [...] bits, case-sensitive:
>> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=3781
> That (in other words, case sensitivity for the paths) was done in 1.7.0.

Indeed. But not for user names. Which is unfortunate.

-- Brane

Branko Čibej
Director of Subversion | WANdisco | www.wandisco.com
Received on 2013-04-25 13:53:12 CEST

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