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Re: [SOGo] Secured session cookies

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  • From: Ludovic Marcotte < >
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  • Subject: Re: [SOGo] Secured session cookies
  • Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:55:35 -0500
  • Organization: Inverse inc.

On 10-12-28 7:09 PM, Jan-Frode Myklebust wrote:
OK, guess I don't understand the details well enough..,
I think you do understand enough - but what I described what the current behavior and what we could do without changing things too much.
it just feels so bad to store plaintext passwords anywhere. My assumption was
that when
SOGo needs the password for IMAP, it could either be generated by via
the "secured session cookies" or for non-cookie-based authentication it
would be provided in plaintext (basic auth) from the client.
We basically have four scenarios :

1- proxy authentication (mainly for WebAuth) - where SOGo wouldn't have the password nor need it because the IMAP server would trust SOGo (ie., accept any password it receives from SOGo)

2- CAS authentication - much like 1, SOGo doesn't need the password as the IMAP server needs to be CAS'ified too

3- "Web" (cookie-based) authentication - we now have a the "secured session cookies" from which we can deduce the password using the session key and user key

4- "DAV" (basic auth, used by Lightning, iCal, Apple iPhone, etc.) authentication - which provides the cleartext password upon each request and thus, is trivially deduced

For 3 and 4, we could as you suggested store a SHA (or whatever) version of the cleartext password in memcached that we would have got during the very first call and then, upon subsequent calls, compute again the deduced value and compare those hashes instead of going to the LDAP server (or SQL server if using SQL-based authentication).

If the action the user initiated requires the cleartext password (for example, to log in on the IMAP server), we can easily get it through the authenticator but that one isn't stored in memcached.


Ludovic Marcotte

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