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Re: Contribute to GNU Generic Security Service library

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: Contribute to GNU Generic Security Service library
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:38:28 +0200
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Hi Shivu!  Thanks for your interest.  The TODO items in the manual may
not be the most relevant or most useful stuff to work on -- I can think
of other things such as getting GSS to work with more applications by
default as one important work item.

To answer your specific questions, there are no explicit plans to
implement more mechanisms, but they are very welcome.  I intend to
implement my own password-based GSS mechanism in the library.  I don't
have any plans to work on public-key based mechanisms myself, but if you
want to do, that could be useful.

Nobody is working on any of those work items right now.

If you want to help, just getting Shishi + GSS up and running and trying
to use it in various applications that use GSS would be the most
helpful.  I don't think it has been tested a lot yet.

Btw, please discuss this on the help-gss list.  I've cc'ed the list now.
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Shivalingayya Chikkanath <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Simon,
> I have gone through the GSS library code (version 0.0.22) and would like to 
> contribute to the planned features mentioned in section 1.9 of document GNU 
> Generic Security Service Library. Currently the "todo" list mentioned in the 
> document is as follows:
> • Support non-blocking mode. This would be an API extension. It could work by
> forking a process and interface to it, or by using a user-specific daemon. 
> E.g., h =START(accept sec context(...)), FINISHED(h), ret = FINISH(h), 
> ABORT(h).
> • Compute MD5 of non-empty channel bindings.
> • Support loadable modules via dlopen, a’la Solaris GSS.
> • Port to Cyclone? CCured?
> Could you please help me in clarifying following questions?
> 1>I would like to know if there are any plans to add more mechanism to the 
> existing  GSS library.  
> 2>Could you please let me know if I can work on one of the above listed 
> activities? 
>  Thanks,
> Shivu.
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