On Tue, Apr 04, 2017 at 03:02:30PM +0900, Michael Paquier wrote:
> There is still one open item pending for SCRAM that has not been
> treated which is mentioned here:
> When doing an authentication with SASL, the server decides what is the
> mechanism that the client has to use. As SCRAM-SHA-256 is only one of
> such mechanisms, it would be nice to have something more generic and
> have the server return to the client a list of protocols that the
> client can choose from. And also the server achnowledge which protocol
> is going to be used.
> Note that RFC4422 has some content on the matter
> Mechanism negotiation is protocol specific.
> Commonly, a protocol will specify that the server advertises
> supported and available mechanisms to the client via some facility
> provided by the protocol, and the client will then select the "best"
> mechanism from this list that it supports and finds suitable.
> So once the server sends back the list of mechanisms that are
> supported, the client is free to use what it wants.
> On HEAD, a 'R' message with AUTH_REQ_SASL followed by
> SCRAM_SHA256_NAME is sent to let the client know what is the mechanism
> to use for the SASL exchange. In the future, this should be extended
> so as a list of names is sent, for example a comma-separated list, but
> we are free to choose the format we want here. With this list at hand,
> the client can then choose the protocol it thinks is the best. Still,
> there is a gap with our current implementation because the server
> expects the first message from the client to have a SCRAM format, but
> that's true only if SCRAM-SHA-256 is used as mechanism.
> In order to cover this gap, it seems to me that we need to have an
> intermediate state before the server is switched to FE_SCRAM_INIT so
> as the mechanism used is negotiated between the two parties. Once the
> protocol negotiation is done, the server can then move on with the
> mechanism to use. This would be important in the future to allow more
> SASL mechanisms to work. I am adding an open item for that.
If any SCRAM open item is a beta blocker, it's this one. (But SASLprep is
also in or near that status.) Post-beta wire protocol changes are bad,
considering beta is normally the time for projects like pgjdbc and npgsql to
start adapting to such changes.
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