[PATCH] Repacing libntlm

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Tue Nov 2 13:34:26 GMT 2004


On Tuesday 02 November 2004 14:04, Jason Keirstead wrote:
> On Tuesday 02 November 2004 4:31 am, Szombathelyi Gy├Ârgy wrote:
> > > Is there any way to integrate this into KMail so that the dependancy on
> > > Cyrus-SASL NTLM support is removed, and KMail can support NTLM out of
> > > the box?
> >
> > Cyrus-sasl is not just about NTLM. It supports many other mechanisms,
> > like GSSAPI, and is extendable via various plugins. I think it's a good
> > idea to keep it.
>
> I was not suggesting removing Cyrus-SASL
>
> I was suggesting using KNTLM for the NTLM support, so that it can support
> NTLM out of the box.
>
> NTLM is very, very, very common in corperate environments, and I think it
> is something KMail should support without a thrid party liibrary if it is
> possible using a library that will already be in kdelibs.

I fail to see the advantage of duplicating effort in KDE cvs if there already 
exists a maintained solution outside KDE cvs.

I do see disadvantages in the form of extra maintenance and security updates. 
A good example of that could recently be seen with the KWord PDF-import 
filter which had a private copy of xpdf and which we almost missed when xpdf 
got a ton of security updates. And then there was the private copy of libtiff 
in kfax that hadn't seen any of the fixes and security updates that went in  
the maintained version of libtiff for a few years.

Cheers,
Waldo
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