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Re: support for arbitrary PKCS11 pin input method

Silvan Marco Fin wrote:

Am 11.10.2010 20:30, schrieb Howard Chu:

Rich Megginson wrote:
Silvan Marco Fin wrote:
  I searched through tls_m.c for means to enter the token PIN for a
PKCS11 token. I found a call to PK11_SetPasswordFunc(). The callback is
set to tlsm_pin_prompt(), which by itself uses tlsm_get_pin().
tlsm_get_pin() only supports reading the PIN from file or via STDIN. To
be usable within any form of gui, there would have to be some method to
pass a GUI callback to ask for the PIN.

To clarify: GUI callback is too specific. In any application requesting
PINs to access some sort of crypto device, there would be the need of a
callback function which can be registered to openldap in the same way in
the same way openldap registers its own functions to the crypto library
(PK11_SetPasswordFunc() in this case), since we might not read from
STDIN and file is insecure, as is stated in the comments in tlsm_get_pin().

How would this work?  Would you pass in a callback function with your
private context, and this callback function would be called with the
current MozNSS context + your provided context?  What would be the
possible return values from your callback?  What should the code do
depending upon each return value?  Is there currently a way, via the
OpenLDAP API, to pass in such a function and context?

The parameters to the PK11_SetPasswordFunc() are described in


Instead of tlsm_pin_prompt() the applications callback function should
be registered.
Ok. That's how it works at the lower level for MozNSS - how should it work for the higher level openldap API that you will have to interact with?
For what it's worth, we need to add this feature for
sasl_interactive_bind as well. Thus far, for the ldap_sasl interface all
of the callback parameters have been passed on the function invocation,
as opposed to being set by a separate ldap_set_option(). It makes for a
clunky function signature, but seems safest in terms of re-entrancy...

 Is there a roadmap for these adaptions or can you give any hint, on
wether this will be done in the near future?
Can you file an ITS?
 Kind regards,