[Samba] Heimdal or MIT kerberos comparison

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue Dec 26 22:38:17 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-12-26 at 16:28 -0600, James A. Dinkel wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Andrew Bartlett
> > Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 3:42 PM
> > 
> > The biggest thing users will notice is that the error message system
> > returns contextual errors, with the actual reason for the failure, not
> > just the translated code.  It often includes the vital clues that help
> > fix up the inevitable kerberos issues.
> > 
> > I've use Heimdal in Samba4, particularly because of the close working
> > relationship I have with it's primary maintainer.
> > 
> > Andrew Bartlett
> Is this "close working relationship" true of the entire Samba team (or
> at least of anyone involved in coding anything related to Kerberos)?

It's a Samba4 thing, because we bundle kerberos in the distribution. 

> Samba's "Authentication Developer"'s preference of Heimdal over MIT is
> good enough for me, but I would like to put some accurate information in
> the wiki, as it pertains to Samba users.  I went ahead and added a blurb
> to this page: http://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba_%26_Kerberos since
> this is the only feedback I've gotten thus far.

Almost all users will use the system kerberos libraries, whatever they
are.  They tend to be difficult to replace.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.                  http://redhat.com
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