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Re: Simple+TLS as mandatory-to-implement (RE: Issues with current authmeth draft.)
At 11:35 PM 5/12/2003, Mark Ennis wrote:
>Having reviewed RFC2222 and RFC2831, I do not accept your assertion that the username field in the SASL DIGEST-MD5 protocol messages is constrained to a simple representation as might be found in a Unix or MS Windows style username/password authentication mechanism and excludes the use of a LDAPDN.
Neither did they account for LDAPDNs being used. I believe
subsequent revision of RFC 2831 will make it very clear that
the DIGEST-MD5 is a user name. To get an idea of where they
are going, you might read draft-ietf-sasl-saslprep.
Anyways, the fact is that many LDAP implementations support
DIGEST-MD5 using simple user names and passwords consistently
with the current specifications and revisions being discussed
in the SASL WG. So changing the specifications in ways that
would break these existing implementations can only be done
with very good reasons.
Now, you argue that you have existing implementations which
do it a different way and specifications should be changed
to accommodate you. The reasons you have stated so far are,
simply, not good enough.
Applications which have DN/password credentials should just
use simple+TLS as discussed in RFC 2829.
Also, I note that if you have comment regarding the revision
of RFC 2222, RFC 2831, or any other SASL framework/mechanism
technical specification, I suggest you take them to the SASL
WG. They own the SASL revision work.