[JDEV] Security in XMPP/Jabber: some questions

Robert Norris rob at cataclysm.cx
Sun May 25 19:33:09 CDT 2003

> if we take a closer look about SASL there's kerberos, tsl - that is
> the ietf version of netscape's ssl ver 3 , GSSAPI - i've to admit that
> i didnt understand this mechanism much , s/key and external mechanisms
> of authentication... and my question is, why not a simple
> authentication using the pki and based on certification authorities?

Mostly because it requires a PKI, which not everyone has easy access to.
Of course, this kind of thing is still possible - TLS + certificatie
authentication + SASL EXTERNAL will do the job just nicely.

We cater to all worlds if we use both TLS and SASL.


Robert Norris                                       GPG: 1024D/FC18E6C2
Email+Jabber: rob at cataclysm.cx                Web: http://cataclysm.cx/
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