On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:41:41AM -0700, Henry B (Hank) Hotz, CISSP wrote:
> > On Jun 28, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Nico Williams <n...@cryptonector.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 07:28:59AM +0200, Lars-Johan Liman wrote:
> >> Please fix this, either by changing the name "all" to "most" (or
> >> preferrably to somthing better), or by changing the behaviour to be
> >> *ALL*. Either is fine, but having "all" not mean *ALL* is not a good way
> >> forward.
> I absolutely agree with everything you said. I think it very to make
> unwise to make a backwards-incompatible change in order to turn the
> permissions description from plain english into a Heimdal-unique code.

We want get-keys to go away.  When it does, "all" will mean "all".

> I’ll repeat my recommendation that we do what Love suggested.

Link?  Quote?

> > It is true
> > that switching to "ext_keytab -r", which is what we want sites to do, is
> > more difficult and requires careful consideration by them, but again,
> > you can get the old "all" by granting your admins "all" + "get-keys", so
> > you're not forced to use "ext_keytab -r”.
> How about putting the recommended change (to ...-r) in the permissions
> error for ext_keytab? 

I've said I'm amenable to that.  I do want admins to understand what
that means though.  Doing that on a cluster could cause an outage.  So
such an error message improvement will need to be crafted carefully.

> The point is that you have made the pain, or at least the confusion,
> permanent by making the language mean something other than what it
> says. That does not seem well considered, and I think the amount of
> flack you’re getting reflects that.

It's one-time on upgrade per-site.

It was security vs backwards-compatibility.  Security won.

> If you’re really going to be that hard-nosed about it, then you had
> better put a hell of a lot of warning messages and explanations all
> over the place. Better yet, just do away with any ability to extract
> (current) keys altogether. Make the -r option the only thing possible
> unless you build with some configure option like
> --enable-insecure-key-extraction. Then you can phase it out over a
> couple of revisions, like we did with single-DES.

That wouldn't allow you to narrow key extraction permission slowly until
you no longer need it.

> Honestly, is it really that big a deal to change “all” to e.g.
> “admin”? If you’re going to make a fundamental semantic change, you
> shouldn’t hide the fact. You should make it as obvious as you possibly
> can.

That would not have had the desired effect of confronting sites with the
insecurity of extracting keys.  We can't force them to stop depending on
that in one fell swoop.

You're over-thinking this and making a mountain out of a molehill.  My
advice is to accept the change that took place -- we don't have a time
machine and we will not call this a bug -- and move on to something more

I'm thinking about what the UI should look like for automatic key
expunge, for example.  I'm thinking about how to integrate krb5_admin/
krb5_keytab into Heimdal, or some of their functionality into kadmin/
kadmind/libkadm5.  Thoughts on that?  Please use a new thread.


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