Is it possible to use CHAP authentication with pam_radius?

Dan Swartzendruber dswartz at
Thu Sep 26 21:44:45 CEST 2019

On 2019-09-26 15:06, Alan DeKok wrote:
> n Sep 26, 2019, at 2:29 PM, Dan Swartzendruber <dswartz at> 
> wrote:
>> On 2019-09-26 14:18, Alan DeKok wrote:
>>> On Sep 26, 2019, at 2:11 PM, Dan Swartzendruber <dswartz at> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> No argument here.  Unfortunately, some of our customers are 
>>>> anal-retentive and have security compliance audits run, and having 
>>>> cleartext passwords is going to be problematic.
>>>  The passwords aren't clear-text.  They're encrypted on the wire.
>>> Just like PAP.
>> I thought I had seen criticisms that it the encryption wasn't that 
>> strong.  Maybe I misunderstood...
>   Yes.  Lots of people have criticized it.  Mainly people who know
> nothing about nothing.
>   The encryption scheme is best described as "wonky".  But no one has
> managed to crack it.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying.
>   If it had been cracked, you would see it on international news.
> Every ISP and switch manufacturer would be frantically upgrading.

Good to know, thanks for setting me straight.  I'm going to let sleeping 
dogs lie :)

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