Changeset abf4717


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Timestamp:
2015-10-30T13:15:33Z (4 years ago)
Author:
dequis <dx@…>
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master
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Message:

Remove some dust from the old (very old) doc/README

There were some mentions about some password obfuscation method that
probably hasn't been used in a decade. And some portability issues that
are probably not relevant anymore.

Also: "The MD5 algorithm code is licensed under the Aladdin license".
No, it's not. I don't think it was before I removed it in favor of
glib's GChecksum, either.

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    88to set up the build system. If configure succeeds, run make to build BitlBee.
    99make install will move all the files to the right places.
     10
     11RUN MODES
     12=========
    1013
    1114--- (Fork)Daemon mode
     
    8992==================
    9093
    91 Cygwin NOTE: You'll need a glib installation to run BitlBee. However, Cygwin
    92 doesn't provide a glib package. You can download a binary tar.gz from:
    93 <http://my.dreamwiz.com/jbdoll/>. When you installed it, BitlBee should work
    94 fine. You'll probably like bitlbeed or xinetd to get it running on the
    95 network.
    96 
    97 On some non-Linux systems the program still suffers from some random bugs.
    98 Please do report them, we might be able to fix them if they're not too
    99 mysterious.
    100 
    101 Also, the configure script is known to not work very well with non-Bash
    102 shells, so if you experience problems, make sure you use bash to run the
    103 script. Same for the Makefile, it only works well with GNU make. (gmake on
    104 most BSD systems)
     94The configure script is may not work very well with some non-bash shells (but
     95dash is supported), so if you experience problems, make sure you use bash to
     96run the script. Same for the Makefile, it only works well with GNU make. (gmake
     97on most BSD systems)
    10598
    10699If someone can tell us how to write Makefiles that work with both/all
     
    153146=============================
    154147
    155 There used to be a note here about the simple obfuscation method used to
    156 make the passwords in the configuration files unreadable. However, BitlBee
    157 now uses a better format (and real encryption (salted MD5 and RC4)) to store
    158 the passwords. This means that people who somehow get their hands on your
    159 configuration files can't easily extract your passwords from them anymore.
     148BitlBee currently uses salted MD5 and RC4 to store the passwords. This means
     149that people who somehow get their hands on your configuration files can't
     150easily extract your passwords from them anymore.
    160151
    161152However, once you log into the BitlBee server and send your password, an
    162153intruder with tcpdump can still read your passwords. This can't really be
    163 avoided, of course. The new format is a lot more reliable (because it can't
    164 be cracked with just very basic crypto analysis anymore), but you still have
    165 to be careful. The main extra protection offered by the new format is that
    166 the files can only be cracked with some help from the user (by sending the
    167 password at login time).
    168 
    169 So if you run a public server, it's most important that you don't give root
    170 access to people who like to play with tcpdump. Also, it's a good idea to
    171 delete all *.nicks/*.accounts files as soon as BitlBee converted them to the
    172 new format (which happens as soon as the user logs in, it can't be done
    173 automatically because it needs the password for that account). You won't
    174 need them anymore (unless you want to switch back to an older BitlBee
    175 version) and they only make it easier for others to crack your passwords.
    176 
     154avoided, of course. So if you run a public server, it's most important that you
     155don't give root access to people who like to play with tcpdump.
    177156
    178157LEGAL
     
    181160BitlBee is distributed under the GPL (GNU General Public License). See the
    182161file COPYING for this license.
    183 
    184 The MD5 algorithm code is licensed under the Aladdin license. This license
    185 can be found in the files, to which this applies. The SHA1 algorithm code
    186 is licensed under the Mozilla Public License, see http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/
    187 for details.
    188162
    189163The Yahoo! library used by BitlBee is libyahoo2 <http://libyahoo2.sf.net/>,
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