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From Nico Kadel-Garcia <>
Subject Re: svnadmin create and not being method agnostic
Date Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:25:11 GMT
On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Nick <> wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-01-03 at 11:49 -0500, Mark Phippard wrote:
>> > 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.
> I see, thanks.  So by "SVN client", are you referring to the command
> line client that's provided by SVN?
> May I ask why the *nix client stores the credentials in plain text?
> Again, I'm open to references which explain it if this has already been
> covered.

This is a very large and longstanding issue for me and others, and has
led to clients of mine rejecting Subversion outright. And it looks
like a legacy of Subversion's re-implementation of CVS, described as
"CVS done right". CVS security was even worse.

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