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From Mark Phippard <>
Subject Re: svnadmin create and not being method agnostic
Date Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:49:12 GMT
On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Nick <> wrote:
> On Sun, 2011-01-02 at 22:43 -0500, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
>> It's possible to do secure Subversion. Use svn+ssh access, disable or
>> block other services at the firewall, and keep it away from HTTP/HTTPS
>> in order to prevent UNIx or Linux client plaintext password storage.
> Apologies in advance if this is covered somewhere, but can someone
> explain (or point me to some references on) why using SVN w/ Apache
> (HTTPS) is insecure?  I've seen some references to plain text password
> storage, but I don't see my password on my server.  The passwords in my
> svnusers files look like hashes, which makes sense because I use the
> "-m" option to htpasswd2 when creating them.  What am I missing?

Yes, it is secure.  Nico's issue is that the SVN client will allow the
user to cache their password in plaintext locally in their home
folder.  This is only true for *nix clients though. Windows and OSX
clients store the password securely.


Mark Phippard

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