Upgrading from v1 to v2¶
This document covers issues with upgrading from SASLv1 to SASLv2. To upgrade:
Install Cyrus SASL v2 as normal according to the installation guide. This will overwrite some manpages, but will not affect your current applications. Do NOT attempt to make it use the same directories, otherwise old Cyrus SASLv1 applications will no longer function.
Install your new Cyrus SASL v2 applications. Applications that use Cyrus SASLv1 will not use the Cyrus SASL v2 infrastructure (and vice-versa).
If you used
/etc/sasldbfor authentication, you’ll need to take the following steps to convert to using
/etc/sasldb2with Cyrus SASL v2:
pwcheck_methodin any config files to
auxprop_pluginto the config files, set to
If you used
pwcheck_methodin libsasl v1, you’ll need to convert to using
saslauthd. Arrange to start
saslauthd -a <method>on boot. Change
pwcheck_methodin any configuration files to
If you used
pwcheckwith libsasl v1, you can either continue to use
pwcheckwith libsasl v1 or you can switch to
saslauthd, which offers more flexibility and a potentially much more efficient implementation.
If you are continuing to use some libsasl v1 applications, read onwards to understand the ramifications.
If you want to learn how to port applications from libsasl v1 to libsasl v2, you should read the converting applications guide.
Cyrus SASLv2 is incompatible with applications that use Cyrus SASLv1. This means that applications are unable to simultaneously link both versions of the library, and developers are encouraged to instead develop or upgrade their applications to link against the new libsasl.
Likewise, the format for the sasldb database has been completely revamped. See here for a discussion of the relevant upgrade issues related to sasldb. All new passwords stored in the sasldb database will be in plaintext, meaning that a compromised sasldb will compromise all services with the same passwords. (This situation isn’t significantly worse, cryptographically speaking, than the old method and allows the database to be easy to transition to another format, when the need arises.) Mechanisms requiring a more secure password database backend (e.g. SRP) should implement their own or use alternate property names within sasldb.
Coexistence with SASLv1¶
The two library versions and the associated utilities should be able
to coexist on the same system. The man pages will be unable to
coexist (but luckily the new manpages are much better!). The libsasl
v2-specific utilities have had a “2” appended to their name for this
new-style sasldb now defaults to the name
this is configurable.
While there does not seem to be any conflict with the keys stored in
the database, it is not recommended for both versions of the library
to use the same database file. Included in the utils directory is a
dbconverter-2 which will allow you to convert
from the old-format database to the new format. Note that if you continue to
run older applications that rely on Cyrus SASLv1, the databases for SASLv1
and SASLv2 will not automatically be kept in sync.
Errors on migration¶
When migrating the
/etc/sasldb database using the
utility, you may encounter the error message “Error opening password
file”. This is usually due to the fact your SASL V1 library was compiled
using a different type of database than the SASL V2 library.