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From Joe Orton <>
Subject Re: Subversion: integration of certificate based login
Date Fri, 04 Dec 2009 13:36:31 GMT
On Thu, Dec 03, 2009 at 03:50:55PM +0100, Markus Oberlassnig wrote:
> we need to integrate certificate based login to subversion, subclipse 
> and tortoise. Is it possible to configure svn, so that a user (client) 
> can be authorized by a certificate (X509 and / or PKCS11) without 
> additional login. When yes, how can this be done? When no, can you 
> give me hints, how to develop this feature or who can develop this 
> feature?

You can use SSL client certs with an SVN repos accessed via https, see 
the "ssl-client-cert-file" config option, described in the book:

> We also need to read the client certificate from a smart card. Is it 
> correct that we can use opensc for this feature?

Yes.  Set "ssl-pkcs11-provider = opensc" in ~/.subversion/servers 
(either in the [global] section or a server-specific group)

Regards, Joe

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