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When setting up a freely accessible Subversion repository, we decided to make it available over http (using Apache and WebDAV). This method offers the possibility for any user to browse our projects through a web browser. To avoid spam, we decided to grant to every anonymous user the permission to checkout the repository, but we are currently requiring authentication to commit files and changes. With our current configuration we are facing two problems:
- the connection between the subversion client and the repository is not encrypted
- the passwords are stored in plain text on the filesystem.
This paper explains how to fix such problems, in the case in which SSL usage is not possible. The answer to this is running a custom svnserver, providing encrypted svn repository access over an ssh tunnel.
This paper assumes that you already have access to a working server, providing ssh connection, with subversion repositories already existing and running. There are many methods to make a subversion repository accessible via ssh. Depending on the one you choose, there are different requirements.