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Re: Question about svnserve and security

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_google.com>
Date: 2006-09-18 20:06:14 CEST

"Garrett Rooney" <rooneg@electricjellyfish.net> writes:
> On 9/18/06, Don Adams <dadams@scisol.com> wrote:
>> Hello all...I was hoping somebody could answer this question. I can't seem
>> to find a definitive answer. How secure is the custon protocol svnserve? I
>> know it uses CRAM-MD5 so the password never goes out on the wire in the
>> clear, and it seems that many, or most people use it with SSH to provide an
>> encrypted tunnel. What we want to do is just open up the port for svnserve
>> and NOT use SSH. We do not care if the data is encrypted or not, we do care
>> if the password goes over the wire though.
>
> svnserve uses CRAM-MD5 authentication, so the password itself never
> goes over the wire, just an md5 hash of it.

Technically, an md5 hash of the plaintext password plus some random
salt, I believe, so that it's a different hash every time. You
probably both knew this, I just wanted to clarify for onlookers,
because the salt makes a big security difference.

-Karl

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