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Re: SSH Authentication for CVS

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: SSH Authentication for CVS
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 15:43:57 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Monday, July 9, 2001 at 18:46:56 (-0000), QS CVS wrote: ]
> Subject: SSH Authentication for CVS
> I have figured out a way to bypass the password/passphrase using hostbased 
> authentication method for Linux client but I haven't figured out what would 
> be an appropriate authentication for Windows client. Can someone make a 
> recommendation in this regards?

Well, there's the rub with M$-Windoze clients vs. SSH.  You have to
implicitly trust the client (and server) with SSH (which makes all the
passphrase stuff kind of silly and pointless), yet in the case of
systems without a valid security model you can't literally do so (at
least so long as there's a floppy/cd/tap/net device installed in the
damn things, or unless they're totally encased in reinforced concrete).

So, what you've got to do (if you intend to use them anyway/regardless)
is pretend you do trust them and hope for the best!  ;-)

> Another problem is that I can do cvs command from MSDOS shell using ssh on a 
> Windows client but I can't seem to do any CVS commands with WinCVS since it 
> complains about rsh. I have selected ssh server for authentication. What am 
> I missing in the set up for SSH in WinCVS? Any help will be appreciated.

I forget where but somewhere there's a way to set up global environment
variables in M$-Win.....  You need "CVS_RSH" to point to the cvs.exe binary.

In the good old days you'd just put it in autoexec.bat....  I think it
gets a lot more complicated when you're also logging into a network server.
(last time I consulted with a client doing this I had their NT-weenie do
that part of the job!  ;-)

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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