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From Thomas Harold <>
Subject Re: Push ?
Date Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:19:38 GMT
On 9/15/2013 11:32 AM, Dan White wrote:
> The issue is that the client end of the transaction is in a DMZ
> A connection from a DMZ to one’s internal network is a very high
> security risk. What I was hoping for was a way to define a very
> specific connection from the Subversion server to the DMZ client
> (push). This is considered to be a much lower security risk.

One way to handle this is to use SSH to access the specific SVN repository.

1. Use no-password SSH public-key pair that the DMZ host can punch 
through to the SSH port on the internal SVN server.  (Naturally, SSH 
should be set to dis-allow root login, and only allow public-key 

- If you can't change everyone over to using public keys and disabling 
password based authentication for SSH, then you should run a 2nd SSHD 
process on a different port and have that only allow specific accounts 
to login and require public-key authentication.  Then you can setup your 
DMZ -> SVN server firewall to only allow access to the SVN SSH alternate 
port from the DMZ.

2. Give the SSH account read-only access to the SVN repo that it needs

3. Lock down what the SSH account can do to just:

command="/usr/bin/svnserve -t -r 
/var/svn",no-agent-forwarding,no-pty,no-port-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding ssh-rsa 

Since the account will have very limited permissions on the SVN machine 
(read-only access), there's not a whole lot that someone could do with 
the account.  Plus the use of the command= line means they'd have to 
figure out a way to escape the svnserve program in order to get a 
command-line on the SVN machine.

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