Subject: Re: integrating PAM
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: David Maxwell <email@example.com>
Date: 01/27/2003 14:06:25
On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 01:47:49PM -0500, Dan Melomedman wrote:
> David Maxwell wrote:
> > On Sat, Jan 25, 2003 at 11:58:18PM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> > > [ On Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 22:54:49 (-0500), David Maxwell wrote: ]
> > > > Subject: Re: integrating PAM
> > > >
> > > > There exist buggy PAM modules != PAM is bad.
> > >
> > > Yes, but the number lines-of-code does give a good hint towards the
> > > number of bugs that might be expected in it.
> > Bzzzt.
> > Thanks for retrying the Dan's argument again.
> > How many lines-of-code are there in NetBSD's PAM implementation?
> Bzzt. That was in reference to the pam-ldap module lines of code, not
> NetBSD PAM implementation lines of code.
I appreciate that you can read it that way, but there's no context in
that message to indicate that.
Here's the complete original from Greg:
> Subject: Re: integrating PAM
> To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
> List: current-users
> Date: 01/25/2003 23:58:18
> [ On Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 22:54:49 (-0500), David Maxwell wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: integrating PAM
> > There exist buggy PAM modules != PAM is bad.
> Yes, but the number lines-of-code does give a good hint towards the
> number of bugs that might be expected in it.
> Large and complex code is bad, and doubly so when it has to run as root,
> triply so if it also _requires_ dynamic loading of new object code.
> The BSD Auth code is truly quite small and it's also quite readable and
> the design is very elegant and clean. It's bound to have fewer bugs
> than an equally mature PAM implementation.
> Greg A. Woods
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I don't see the word 'ldap' in there and I don't see the word 'module'
in there. I do see the phrase 'PAM implementation'.
Also, in any case,
There exist large buggy PAM modules != There cannot exist small,
bug-free PAM modules.
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