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Re: Design Considerations for New Authentication Methods

From: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Design Considerations for New Authentication Methods
Date: 2006-11-02 21:52:16
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On Thu, Nov 02, 2006 at 01:10:14PM -0800, Henry B. Hotz wrote:
> standard protocols and libraries that support real security:  SASL  
> and GSSAPI in particular.  You may for various reasons decide that  

[. . .]

> Part of establishing a secure connection is establishing that the end  
> points are the intended ones and there is no Man In the Middle.   
> Establishing the end points means the server has identified the user  
> within the name space of the security mechanism.

For what it's worth, I heartily support this effort.  For most cases,
it probably isn't necessary, but I can think of several applications
for SASL/GSSAPI where something weaker will simply not do; in the
absence of the proposed functionality, I simply wouldn't be able to
use Postgres for those applications.


Andrew Sullivan  | ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca
In the future this spectacle of the middle classes shocking the avant-
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                --Brad Holland

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