[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[bug#34632] GSS development status

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: [bug#34632] GSS development status
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2022 20:48:03 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Simon,

Simon Josefsson <> writes:

> Maxim Cournoyer <> writes:
>> Hello,
>> I'd like to inquire about the development status of GSS? Has it left the
>> beta status? Are bugs still being fixed? Is there any known or presumed
>> security issues when using GSS rather than its more mainstream
>> implementation in MIT Kerberos?
>> I'm asking because the GNU Guix project is considering a switch from GNU
>> GSS to MIT krb5 for security reasons [0], given that no new releases have
>> been made since 2014.
>> Thank you,
>> Maxim Cournoyer
>> [0]
> Hi Maxim,
> Sorry for the slow response, which may in part be an answer to your
> question.  However I have just released GNU GSS version 1.0.4 to refresh
> the project, and have setup CI/CD checking of it to pave the road for
> future improvements.  To my knowledge there are only two major missing
> features:
>   1) Missing gss_wrap() AES functionality.  This prevents SASL GSS-API
>      to complete on modern machines.  Shishi supports AES and GSSLib
>      supports it for GSS_Init_sec_context etc but not GSS_wrap.
>   2) Shishi doesn't use the same ccache/keytab files as MIT Kerberos and
>      Heimdal.
> I hope to complete 1) in the future.  For 2), fixing it would be a GNU
> Shishi feature that should be simple to resolve -- it ships with tools
> ccache2shishi and keytab2shishi to convert the files, but that should be
> done automatically internally by the library instead.
> Indeed getting these enrolled in the OSS Fuzz project would be a great
> contribution.  My primary goal is to do a new release of GNU Shishi and
> improve the CI/CD integration checks to have good confidence in future
> changes.
> Regarding what 'gsasl' and 'curl' should be linked against in GNU Guix,
> I believe it would be much nicer if you would use the 'Libgssglue'
> package instead!  Then the user can change GSS-API library at run-time.
> Read about this work here:

Thank you for this update!  I'm happy to read you are picking up
maintenance of GSS.  The libgssglue is interesting... I'll have to read
about it to know how it's intended to be used.

Thanks, and long live GNU GSS!


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]