My thoughts on SASL.

Subject: My thoughts on SASL.
From: Dan Vande More (dvm at firstlink dot com)
Date: Sat Apr 05 2003 - 14:44:45 EST

To whom it may concern:

I signed up on this list a few days ago.
Since then, I've asked a few questions, had some helpful responses, but
I've come to the conclusion that very very few people really know how to
get this software working. My nickname for SASL is "widowmaker". If you
have any issues with pride, or tend to become obsessive compulsive, this
software is not for you. You will spend more time on this than your
friend spend on everquest.
I tried to get this working on RH6.2 and 7.3.
I ended up using OpenBSD, and it seemed to give me to best results.
Almost certainly because I just pkg_add'd the SASL 1.5.27p1 package
(Which would compile from source, but give me no authentication mechs no
matter how hard I tried.)
When I pkg_add'd, I compiled (postfix) with arguments for the installed
SASL, and the pkg came with everything I needed.
I used a perl pwcheck daemon I found at (Usenet), and
modified it to my liking.
It's made for mysql, but you can authenticate against almost anything
you want with perl.

I've come to the conclusion that it was NOT postfix causing me the
problems, rather SASL's under documented approach at software.

Don't get me wrong, I've documented my steps, and I would help document
SASL, but know very little about C.
I believe the guys and gals at CMU should set up an area where people
have actually working sasl implementations, along with distros and steps

If you need me to document the stuff, send it my way please! I'll set it
up on a website or three, and submit it to google.
The only thing I want is documented SASL installs. Please no howtos on
mandrake and secure Imap.
I'll setup my own forums, whatever. Noone else seems to want to help
this project on that level...

It is my opinion that the project has so much entropy on the
organization level, that very little can be done to save it now.

To the developers-Please don't take this personally. I've tried to post
here what actually works for me with hopefully a little constructive
criticism and an offer to help the best that I know how.


-----Original Message-----
From: Derek Ragona [mailto:derek at computinginnovations dot com]
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2003 11:35 AM
To: cyrus-sasl at lists dot andrew dot cmu dot edu
Subject: saslauthd documentation

I am having trouble using saslauthd with FreeBSD. I have SASL2 2.1.7.

The man page for saslauthd looks messed up and missing information.

I am having trouble using saslauthd with Sendmail 8.12.9 to do SMTP
AUTH. I keep getting authentication errors.

The daemon is running as:
/usr/local/sbin/saslauthd -a pam

I am wondering if I need to do any setup for pam to work with the
saslauthd? Is there some option to turn on logging that may show why
authentication is failing?

         derek at computinginnovations dot com

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