is SFTPv4 support possible?

Mike Frysinger vapier at
Mon Sep 27 18:52:13 AEST 2021

would SFTPv4 support be acceptable in OpenSSH's server & client ?

SFTPv4 supports higher stat fidelity & user/group names (not just numeric):

iiuc, some of the newer features are a bit contentious, like the NFS ACL models
(which only get worse it seems with SFTPv5 & SFTPv6).  from a quick scan, it
seems these only show up in the file attrs operations, and the server could
just not return any (never set SSH_FILEXFER_ATTR_ACL).  if the client were to
set file attrs and they have SSH_FILEXFER_ATTR_ACL set, then the server could
also ignore it, or have it return SSH_FX_OP_UNSUPPORTED.

the other feature that looks a bit dicey is opening files in text mode.  the
caveats the spec sprinkles around makes it sound like it too would be easier
to simply return SSH_FX_OP_UNSUPPORTED.

requiring filenames be UTF-8 sounds fine ... the code already treats paths as
a series of bytes (effectively ignoring the encoding), so can just keep doing
that.  if the client sends invalid UTF-8, that's a client bug.  if the server
has a path that is invalid UTF-8, then the client can decide to ignore it, or
process it.

everything else looks pretty straight forward.
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