encrypted rsyncd - why was it never implemented?

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Wed Dec 3 10:40:43 MST 2014

rsync in daemon mode is very powerful, yet it comes with one big 
disadvantage: data is sent in plain.

The workarounds are not really satisfying:

- use VPN - one needs to set up an extra service, not always possible

- use stunnel - as above

- use SSH - is not as powerful as in daemon mode (i.e. read only access, 
chroot, easy way of adding/modifying users and modules etc.)

Why was encrypted communication in rsyncd never implemented? Some 
technical disagreements? Nobody volunteered?

Tomasz Chmielewski

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