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Re: Does pclcvs support ssh protocol ?


From: Mike Mattie
Subject: Re: Does pclcvs support ssh protocol ?
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 23:11:56 -0800

On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:54:09 +0100 (CET)
Pierre Lorenzon <address@hidden> wrote:

> From: Michael Hoffman <address@hidden>
> Subject: Re: Does pclcvs support ssh protocol ?
> Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 20:31:54 +0000
> 
> > Pierre Lorenzon wrote:
> > 
> > >   Notice that I still do not have the answer to my question :
> > >   "yes or not is this password transaction implemented in
> > >   pcl-cvs like in tramp ?"
> > 
> > Now the question has changed.
> 
> 
>   Not really ! 
> 
>   Pierre
> 
> 
> 

The answer is clearly ssh-agent. There are a large number of security issues 
regarding keys,
memory locking, timed expiration, secure entry, etc. Emacs doesn't need to jump 
through all these
hoops when ssh-agent,pin-entry,gpg do this sort of thing correctly with a 
robust code-base.

I can't even imagine why someone would want to constantly re-enter the password 
anyways.

If you were interested in security you would not want your security critical 
components exposed
in a monolith like Emacs that cannot enforce memory privileges.

Hammering away at this issue is asinine, since you do not have a point. Thanks 
to these fancy
link-loader gizmos, and those operating system thingies we can distribute 
functionality across
process boundaries with IPC. Welcome to the revolution.

Cheers,
Mike Mattie

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