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From: ronnie sahlberg <ronniesahlberg@gmail.com>
To: Tom Talpey <tom@talpey.com>
Cc: Ronnie Sahlberg <lsahlber@redhat.com>,
	linux-cifs <linux-cifs@vger.kernel.org>,
	Steve French <smfrench@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Disable key exchange if ARC4 is not available
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 02:27:44 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAN05THRuM19+JKNPvXgtOBurQe0641agG6rPQKAB12Sd25T+pw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <815daf08-7569-59ce-0318-dfe2b16e1d96@talpey.com>

On Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 11:18 PM Tom Talpey <tom@talpey.com> wrote:
>
> On 8/18/2021 12:10 AM, Ronnie Sahlberg wrote:
> > Steve,
> >
> > We depend on ARC4 for generating the encrypted session key in key exchange.
> > This patch disables the key exchange/encrypted session key for ntlmssp
> > IF the kernel does not have any ARC4 support.
> >
> > This allows to build the cifs module even if ARC4 has been removed
> > though with a weaker type of NTLMSSP support.
>
> It's a good goal but it seems wrong to downgrade the security
> so silently. Wouldn't it be a better approach to select ARC4,
> and thereby force the build to succeed or fail? Alternatively,
> change the #ifndef ARC4 to a positive option named (for example)
> DOWNGRADED_NTLMSSP or something equally foreboding?
>
> Tom.

  reply	other threads:[~2021-08-18 16:27 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-08-18  4:10 Ronnie Sahlberg
2021-08-18  4:10 ` [PATCH] cifs: disable ntlmssp " Ronnie Sahlberg
2021-08-18 13:18 ` Disable " Tom Talpey
2021-08-18 16:27   ` ronnie sahlberg [this message]
2021-08-18 16:29   ` ronnie sahlberg
2021-08-18 16:51     ` Steve French
2021-08-18 18:33       ` Tom Talpey
2021-08-18 21:04         ` ronnie sahlberg

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