[OpenAFS] 'crypt' question

Robert Banz banz@umbc.edu
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 19:10:33 -0400

On Oct 25, 2006, at 6:20 PM, Jeffrey Hutzelman wrote:

> On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 05:58:46 PM -0400 Robert Banz  
> <banz@umbc.edu> wrote:
>> Is there a way (hacking the code is ok) to require, from the   
>> fileserver
>> side, that authenticated clients encrypt content?
> Almost, but not quite.
> You can have the fileserver create its rxkad security objects with  
> a minimum protection level of rxkad_crypt.  That will make it  
> reject weaker rxkad connections, but because of the way the  
> protocol works, that doesn't happen until the client has already  
> sent the first packet (which could be an RXAFS_StoreData containing  
> some data, but that's fairly unlikely).
> Also, there's little you can do to prevent unauthenticated  
> connections. Sure, you could configure the fileserver not to accept  
> rxnull connections at all, but I can't say how well things would  
> work in that sort of environment.  It would be interesting, anyway.

Unauthenticated connections really aren't a problem in this scenario  
-- I'm only really worried about data that is stored in places where  
authentication is required.

But what you're saying, in theory, is that unless a client has  
setcrypt on, their first request could be 'in the clear', but the  
fileserver will insist that all other requests and responses would be  
encrypted...  That's something I could possibly live with.