Re: Proposal: remove krb5-appl (rlogin, rsh, telnet, ftp with krb5 support)
On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 04:25:52PM +0000, Sam Hartman wrote:
> A few months ago, Russ Allberry stepped down from co-maintaining
> I'm reasonably happy to keep maintaining it, although when we thought
> about it, we cannot think of anyone using the package.
> It provides krb5 versions of rlogin, rsh, ftp and telnet.
> The telnet is insecure and should not be used; even with encryption
> turned on, it's only DES and has other design defects.
> The other utilities kind of work, but ssh (with Kerberos authentication
> if desired) is a much better solution.
I think that would be a reasonable move.
There are other alternatives for those in need of Kerberized FTP support.
For example, yafc and proftpd are more actively developed and have optional
support for GSSAPI (though I'm not sure if the proftpd GSSAPI module is actually
shipped in Debian).
> My proposal is to drop the package from the archive, but I wanted to
> give others a chance to shout out that I'm wrong and that there's some
> compelling use-case I've missed.
> If someone can convince me that the packages are useful I'm happy to
> spend some effort on them.
> However, I don't think that's the case.
FWIW we are currently having the same discussion for the Heimdal packages.