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Re: [Freeipmi-devel] md2/md5 ...

From: Albert Chu
Subject: Re: [Freeipmi-devel] md2/md5 ...
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 08:24:56 -0800

Last night I decided to program md2 just for fun.  I have a bit of
debugging to do, but for the most part it was very easy.  Took around an
hour or so to get the core code done.  I may have grossly overestimated
the difficulting of programming md2/md5.  Perhaps we should write our
own implementations for freeipmi.


Albert Chu
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

----- Original Message -----
From: Albert Chu <address@hidden>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 4:02 pm
Subject: [Freeipmi-devel] md2/md5 ...

> Hey AB,
> I'd like to look at adding md2 and md5 authentication to ipmipower
> semi-soon.  What do you see as the best method for adding md2/md5
> hashing algorithms to freeipmi ... 
> A) Make a freeipmi rpm module dependency to some other common crypto
> library, like openssl or nss.
> B) Package some sub-library along with freeipmi ("libfoocrypto").  
> C) write our own md2/md5 hashing algorithms for freeipmi ...
> Pros
> A) Easiest, put development on other people
> B) Pretty darn easy, have to update as other developers update, not a
> huge deal.
> C) no restrictions on licensing/anything ... 
> Cons
> A) I haven't the slightest idea how popular/widespread packages like
> openssl or nss are.  Yeah they are reasonably popular, but I don't
> really know.
> B) Some of the good crypto libraries seem to have funny licensing 
> issues.  Like we'd have to package their entire library, not just 
> the md2/md5
> algorithms.  
> C) I think it'd be a good excercise to code these algorithms out, but
> they're not exactly a walk in the park.  I can't help but see porting
> issues.  Not to mention wasted effort, since there are tons of
> implementations out there already.
> Al
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