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pysksync - a Pure Python implementation of the SK Sync protocol

The can be used with the existing Android SK Sync client and Java SK Sync server.

For more information see the wiki at https://bitbucket.org/clach04/pysksync/wiki/Home

Usage

Start server with default settings:

python sksync.py

Start client, note requires settings file, e.g. sksync.json:

python sksync.py sksync.json client CLIENTNAME

Where CLIENTNAME is specified in the settings file covered later.

Change server settings, provide a file called sksync.json

Sample sksync.json contents:

{
    "sksync1_compat": true,
    "clients": {
        "client": {
            "recursive": false,
            "server_path": "/tmp/server/path",
            "client_path": "/tmp/client/path"
        }
    }
}

"client" indicates the config for a sync client. I.e. this file can be used for both client and server.

Sample config that limits the paths that clients can sync with:

{
    "sksync1_compat": true,
    "host": "0.0.0.0", 
    "port": 23456,
    "server_dir_whitelist": ["/tmp/override/path"],
    "server_dir_whitelist_policy": "silent",
    "ignore_time_errors": false,
    "clients": {
        "client1": {
            "recursive": true,
            "server_path": "/tmp/server/path",
            "client_path": "/tmp/client/path"
        },
        "client2": {
            "sksync1_compat": false,
            "recursive": true,
            "server_path": "/tmp/server/path",
            "client_path": "/tmp/client/path"
        }
    }
    "require_auth": false,
}

NOTE the require_auth entry for backwards compatibility with SK Sync, this is not needed if sksync1_compat is set to true but can be used to disable SRP support, e.g. when using SSL and the server is validating client certificate.

If "server_dir_whitelist_policy" is not "silent" the server will terminate the client connection if "server_dir_whitelist" is set. This means that the server will not share all disks and directories.

If "ignore_time_errors" is true, errors relating to setting files modification times will be ignored. This is useful on a number of Android devices.

In the client2 example above the client will NOT attempt to be compatible with the original SK Sync.

NOTE both the server "host" address and and "port" can be specified in the "client" section.

sksync1_compat

sksync1_compat limits the filename encoding to a Latin1 encoding (cp1252). If sksync1_compat is not set UTF-8 is used instead, for full character preservation support.

Enabling SSL support

How to generate an SSL certificate suitable for protecting traffic.

This will generate a certificate that is good for 1 year.

#!/bin/sh

rm server.key server.csr key.pem cert.pem

openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 1024
openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr
openssl rsa -in server.key -out key.pem  # remove passphrase
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey key.pem -out cert.pem

Then set config to enable ssl support and use the certificate/key generated above:

{
    "use_ssl": true,
    "ssl_server_certfile": "cert.pem",
    "ssl_server_keyfile": "key.pem",
}

If the client config sets "ssl_server_certfile", the server certificate will be checked and the connection will be encrypted. If "ssl_server_certfile" is not set client side, the connection will be encrypted but the certificate will not be checked.

NOTE "ssl_server_certfile", "ssl_client_certfile", and "ssl_client_keyfile" can be specified in the "client" section.

The server needs both the certificate and key file. Note if the key file is protected by a pass phrase the server process will prompt on the console! For convenience, consider removing the pass phrase from the key file.

Also the server can verify the client certificate too:

{
    "use_ssl": true,
    "ssl_server_certfile": "cert.pem",
    "ssl_server_keyfile": "key.pem",

    "ssl_client_certfile": "cert.pem",
    "ssl_client_keyfile": "key.pem",
}

NOTE this example is using the same cert (and key) for both client and server.

There is a small overhead with the SSL support (unclear if compression is on or off with CPython 2.x ssl lib). Performing a loopback test on the same machine with 1502 files ~7.7Mb takes 0.66 secs without SSL and 0.93 secs with TLSv1/SSLv3 and AES256-SHA encryption.

Users, authentication, and passwords

This server supports Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP-6a), user verifier information is stored in the json file (as hex), sample entry for a user "testuser" with a password of "testpassword".

{
    "users": {
        "testuser": {
            "authsrp": [
                "cf78a7a5", 
                "7443843a24acb936bfb5d5e0d4184a3fd521d4edd8096cf2ac9cdc62eed1a363d9c4a1bd39cb69c8836eb6f77e757e73b77be766af8547eeab4d9b3be17e2860c81afde7d4d8b5b855635ccd22352e2538b27a30518c65e825f7bb29a7037e79aa144726af2dc24ccae76a8e7a2f97fede87aee5ecab1e1ee7e559ce85fc14767ef25314c121b9c093dcf980caab66c60ae7c426a885e04bcbd761b6289b582a6d194a145932180f9b55f58cb1d937659ded8c9eeb59490705c22263241ead65db01ac218a2b76c49947fdaf4f82c5de79c97f17da1101fc1daf14e7f49beb9b8c4496c4a585805a8b858f159ec2c8d423819f84530f496ee5303d2b2eb6a32b"
            ]
        }
    }, 
}

User information can be created/edited with useredit.py.

A client can sync with the following config file:

{
    "username": "testuser",
    "password": "testpassword",

    "client": {
        "server_path": "/tmp/server/path",
        "client_path": "/tmp/client/path"
    },
}