[Ovirt-devel] virt-viewer plugin integration issues

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Fri Aug 22 08:25:05 UTC 2008

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 09:12:39AM +0200, Chris Lalancette wrote:
> Perry N. Myers wrote:
> > Dan you mentioned just falling back and using straight vnc plugin since we 
> > don't need the vnc port lookup since oVirt Server has that info.  That 
> > doesn't work for when Node is in standalone mode with no server...  And 
> > besides in standalone mode libvirt has to do digest-md5 since we have no 
> > kerberos infrastructure in that mode.
> One thought.  You *can* setup libvirt to do completely unencrypted tcp
> communication; you just need to set up libvirtd.conf properly.  So maybe we can
> just do that in standalone mode, and bypass the digest-md5 thing altogether?
> Since we aren't ever leaving the local node with the traffic, we really
> shouldn't have a security concern.  Then (I think) we would be able to use the
> VNC plugin.

If you're doing it local only, then don't use TCP at all. Connect to the
UNIX socket.  Use TCP in unencrypted mode is just a recipe for disaster
because sooner or later someone will switch it from localhost to public
forgetting you disabled encryption.  Either set the user/group ownership
of the UNIX socket to what you need, or let is do PolicyKit auth locally
(if running a desktop app for local node).

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