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pure python sasl mechanisms realisation

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Very simple SASL mechanisms implementation

Before this I’ve already done two gsasl bindings for python:
  • one was implemented using Cython;

  • second was implemented using vala.

The main problem with gsasl, is what it’s callback mechanism was made

without possibility to pass user data, so it is spiky to trying to make binding for OOP language like Python.

As I very mutch do not like non-OOP programming, finally I has dicided

to write very simple SASL mechanism at least for PLAIN method, for not return to gsasl problems ever again.

I’ve written this package looking on gsasl, so it has some

similarities, but I’ve also tryied to make it as simplier as possible, as I’m in horry and need to get My new mail server sofware working as soon as possible.


This SASL mechanism architecture shold be simple

  1. import wayround_org.sasl.sasl

  2. use init_mech(mech_name, mode, callback=None) function to create SASLSession instance.

    NOTE: at time of this writting only supported method(mechanism) is

    PLAIN and it’s ‘server’ and ‘client’ side.

    example: init_mech(‘PLAIN’, ‘server’)

    NOTE: callback is MAY only be needed in client mode, possibly for

    organizing dialog boxes. so this is like in gsasl.

    callback, if supplied, must be callable with one parameter - the name of field which server wishes client to return. The return value of callback will be then assigned to same name property in client’s object ‘.properties’ dict property

  3. Use step() or step64() method of SASLSession instance to pass data to it’s working mechanism.

    Those methods allways return two values:
    1. code - indicating error, success or asking for more data;

      At time of this writting, valid values considered to be: ‘ok’, ‘error’, ‘need_more’.

      gsasl supports more error codes indicating various

      errors, depending on mechanism being used. and this step() methods should also somehow specify errors. possibly, the good way for farther development of this methods (and particularly this package mechanisms) is, in case of errors, return strings starting with ‘error’ text and continuing with ‘_some_spec’ to indicate specific error.

    2. text - data wich should be sent to server or client

      counterpart. (In case of error, usually no any data should be sent farther, but read documentation on specifics of mechanism being used)

    NOTE: step64() is simply a wrap for step() method. step64() decodes

    it’s input, passes decoding result to step(), after what encodes step() result and returning it’s to caller.

Developing Mechanisms

To develop new mechanism - create new file with it’s name in ‘mechs’ directory. Write some code: take for example.

When Your new mechanism module is complete, register it in, by editing ‘MECHANISMS’ dict in top.

The structure of mode class REQUIRED to have folloving things:
  1. def __init__(self, callback=None)

  2. def step(self, data)

  3. step() method MUST return 2 values: 1: str 2: bytes

  4. ‘.properties’ dict property

Anythin other is on conscience of programmer.

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