On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 2:31 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Way back when, like fifteen years ago, there absolutely were US export
> control restrictions on software containing crypto.  I believe the US has
> figured out that that was silly, but I'm not sure everyplace else has.

England is these days legally running a battle against data
encryption. I have not heard how this is evolving these days.

> (And if you've been reading the news you will notice that legal
> restrictions on crypto are back in vogue, so it would not be wise to
> assume that the question is dead and buried.)  So our project policy
> since at least the turn of the century has been that any crypto facility
> has to be in a separable extension, where it would be fairly easy for
> a packager to delete it if they need to ship a crypto-free version.
> Note that "crypto" for this purpose generally means reversible encryption;
> I've never heard that one-way hashes are illegal anywhere.  So password
> hashing such as md5 is fine in core, and a stronger hash would be too.
> But pulling in pgcrypto lock, stock, and barrel is not OK.

So it would be an issue if pgcrypto.so links directly to libpqcommon?
Because that's not what I am doing now, perhaps fortunately. I moved
the sha functions to src/common. But actually but thinking more about
that, I don't need to do so because the routines of SCRAM shared
between the frontend and the backend just need to be part of libpq so
they could just be part of backend/libpq like md5.

Tom, if I get it correctly, it would not be an issue if the SHA
functions are directly part of the compiled backend like md5, right?
Because I would like to just change my set of patches to have the SHA
and the encoding functions in src/backend/libpq instead of src/common,
and then have pgcrypto be compiled with a link to those files. That's
a cleaner design btw, more in line with what is done for md5..

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