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Re: [PATCHES] Solaris ident authentication using unix domain sockets

From: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
To: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Garick Hamlin <ghamlin(at)isc(dot)upenn(dot)edu>, pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [PATCHES] Solaris ident authentication using unix domain sockets
Date: 2008-07-05 23:13:32
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Robert Treat wrote:
> On Thursday 03 July 2008 14:01:22 Tom Lane wrote:
>> Garick Hamlin <ghamlin(at)isc(dot)upenn(dot)edu> writes:
>>> 	I have a patch that I have been using to support postgresql's
>>> notion of ident authentication when using unix domain sockets on
>>> Solaris.  This patch basically just adds support for using
>>> getupeercred() on Solaris so unix sockets and ident auth works just
>>> like it does on Linux and elsewhere.
>> Cool.
> Hmm... I've always been told that Solaris didn't support this because the 
> Solaris developers feel that IDENT is inherently insecure. If that is more 
> than just a philosphical opinion, I wonder if there should be additional 
> hurdles in place to enable this on that platform. Note that isn't an 
> objection from me, though I'm curious if any of the Sun guys want to chime in 
> on this. 

We don't actually use the Ident protocol for Unix sockets on any 
platform. AIUI, this patch just implements what we do on platforms like 
Linux or *BSD.



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