On 01/22/2013 10:57 AM, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-01-22 at 15:50 +0100, Tomas Babej wrote:
>> Here I bring the updated version of the patch. Please note, that I
>> *added* a flag attribute to ipadb_ldap_attr_to_krb5_timestamp
>> function, that controls whether the timestamp will be checked for
>> overflow or not. The reasoning behind this is that some attributes
>> will not be set to future dates, due to their inherent nature - such
>> as krbLastSuccessfulAuth or krbLastAdminUnlock.
>> These are all related to past dates, and it would make no sense to set
>> them to future dates, even manually. Therefore I'd rather represent
>> negative values in these attributes as past dates. They would have to
>> be set manually anyway, because they would represent timestamps before
>> the beginning of the unix epoch, however, I find this approach better
>> than pushing them up to year 2038 in case such things happens.
>> Any objections to this approach?
> I am not sure I understand what is the point of giving this option to
> callers. A) How does an API user know when to use one or the other
> option. B) What good does it make to have the same date return different
> results based on a flag ?
> What will happen later on when MIT will 'fix' the 2038 limit by changing
> the meaning of negative timestamps ? Keep in mind that right now
> negative timestamps are not really valid in the MIT code.
> Unless there is a 'use' for getting negative timestamps I think it is
> only harmful to allow it and consumers would only be confused on whether
> it should be used or not.
> So my first impression is that you are a bit overthinking here and we
> should instead always force the same behavior for all callers and always
> check and enforce endoftime dates.
> Simo.

Thank you,
Dmitri Pal

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