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Using WinCVS after changing password

Posted on 2006-07-17
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Hi
In a Linux environment, several users are setup to use WinCVS to use a CVS depository on Linux with no password.
When they change their password on the linux box for security reasons, a user who is using WinCVS 2.0 can no longer use CVS without password while others can. The mentioned user can still SSH into the linux box without a password but WinCVS cannot.
What does this mean and how can I fix this?

thanks.
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by:pjedmond
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For the ssh I'm presuming that they are using client and server rsa keys? In which case these keys will not have changed, and will continue to work until the keys expire. This is in no way related to the Win CVS issue.

The problem with the user that cannot login is related to the 'saving' of his password in Win CVS against his name. I'd guess that he used his login password by mistake, and wincvs probably needs his old password.

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by:mehranalmasi
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Hi pjedmond
I thought wincvs uses ssh, at least in the older versions that is what I could specify. In the current release of wincvs, I see no place to designate ssh and I am not sure how wincvs logs into the cvs server.
Where in wincvs a password can be saved? if wincvs uses this login/password, what are the means of protecting them?

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More points added. Anyone??
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>I thought wincvs uses ssh, at least in the older versions that is what I could specify.

Umm - Not in it's normal setup. CVS can either work as a command line locally, or in server mode using a CVS 'pserver'.

It is possible to use an ssh connection to secure the communication:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Secure-CVS-Pserver/pserveralternatives.html

but I'm not sure that winCVS supports this.

It is also possible that your CVS Pserver is configured to *ONLY* allow access to the repository from 'localhost', in which case, the ssh logon is also being used to forward the port 2401 to the client machine, so that connections to the pserver appear to come from localhost. The other effect of this is that winCVS appears to be accessing a local pserver repository.

http://www.cs.uu.nl/technical/services/ssh/putty/puttyfw.html

for more info on this. Check whether then configuration being used by the other users does this.

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