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Re: Encryted password on Linux

From: Dave Lawrence <dlawrence_at_ad-holdings.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 16:57:37 +0100

Crespo, Richard wrote:
> I see from faq
> (http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#plaintext-passwords) that
> starting with SVN 1.6 encrypted passwords will be supported for Linux.
> Has anyone done this yet? Also, I would like to be able to let the users
> to change their password from a windows machine. Is there a way of doing
> this without using perl?

Yes SVN 1.6 is released, so SVN 1.6 functionality is indeed available.
Please note that the faq you quote refers to *client caching* of
passwords, not how the server stores them. svnserve stores passwords in
plain text only, as far as I know. Apache MD5 encrypts them by default.

If you use apache you have the whole Apache authentication feature set
available to you (on which I am not an expert). You can authenticate
your SVN and other things from the same password file, so in theory you
could provide a webpage which users are able to log into and change
their passwords. And yes, that might involve Perl (the last time I
googled it the solution was Perl) but it doesn't have to... you can use
whatever language mosts suits you (or your friendly office web-programmer)

SVN itself provides no interface for users to manage their own passwords.


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