GSSAPI is a generic interface to network security systems such as Kerberos 5. If you have a working GSSAPI library, you can have CVS connect via a direct TCP connection, authenticating with GSSAPI.
To do this, CVS needs to be compiled with GSSAPI support; when configuring CVS it tries to detect whether GSSAPI libraries using Kerberos version 5 are present. You can also use the --with-gssapi flag to configure.
The connection is authenticated using GSSAPI, but the
message stream is not authenticated by default.
You must use the
-a global option to request
The data transmitted is not encrypted by
default. Encryption support must be compiled into both
the client and the server; use the
--enable-encrypt configure option to turn it on.
You must then use the
-x global option to
GSSAPI connections are handled on the server side by
the same server which handles the password
authentication server; see Password authentication server. If you are using a GSSAPI mechanism such as
Kerberos which provides for strong authentication, you
will probably want to disable the ability to
authenticate via cleartext passwords. To do so, create
an empty CVSROOT/passwd password file, and set
SystemAuth=no in the config file
The GSSAPI server uses a principal name of cvs/hostname, where hostname is the canonical name of the server host. You will have to set this up as required by your GSSAPI mechanism.
To connect using GSSAPI, use the ‘:gserver:’ method. For example,
cvs -d :gserver:faun.example.org:/usr/local/cvsroot checkout foo