[standards-jig] Small Footprint Clients and Authentication

David Waite mass at akuma.org
Fri May 30 18:11:44 UTC 2003

Robert Norris wrote:

>>but, even though I work with (very) small footprint devices I can't 
>>really give an answer here (yet) because of the limited resources of my 
>>devices I use plaintext authentication when space is really restricted. 
>>That already means I can't do SASL and won't be able to do so for years 
>>to come in many devices. However, I don't use digest or edigest in this 
>>case either, so it's less relevant for the edigest discussion. 
>SASL does have a PLAIN mechanism, which is dead simpler. True, XMPP does
>not require it, but I fully expect most servers to implement it.
>Whether deployed servers make it available or not is another story, but
>then again, there's nothing requiring a server administrator to make
>DIGEST-MD5 available either, so that argument is fairly pointless.
Right; the requirement for most IETF security things is that they are 
implemented, not that they are enabled :-)

-David Waite

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