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4.1 Anonymous Authentication Guile Example

Anonymous authentication is very easy to use. No certificates are needed by the communicating parties. Yet, it allows them to benefit from end-to-end encryption and integrity checks.

The client-side code would look like this (assuming some-socket is bound to an open socket port):

;; Client-side.

(let ((client (make-session connection-end/client)))
  ;; Use the default settings.
  (set-session-default-priority! client)

  ;; Don't use certificate-based authentication.
  (set-session-certificate-type-priority! client '())

  ;; Request the "anonymous Diffie-Hellman" key exchange method.
  (set-session-kx-priority! client (list kx/anon-dh))

  ;; Specify the underlying socket.
  (set-session-transport-fd! client (fileno some-socket))

  ;; Create anonymous credentials.
  (set-session-credentials! client

  ;; Perform the TLS handshake with the server.
  (handshake client)

  ;; Send data over the TLS record layer.
  (write "hello, world!" (session-record-port client))

  ;; Terminate the TLS session.
  (bye client close-request/rdwr))

The corresponding server would look like this (again, assuming some-socket is bound to a socket port):

;; Server-side.

(let ((server (make-session connection-end/server)))
  (set-session-default-priority! server)
  (set-session-certificate-type-priority! server '())
  (set-session-kx-priority! server (list kx/anon-dh))

  ;; Specify the underlying transport socket.
  (set-session-transport-fd! server (fileno some-socket))

  ;; Create anonymous credentials.
  (let ((cred (make-anonymous-server-credentials))
        (dh-params (make-dh-parameters 1024)))
    ;; Note: DH parameter generation can take some time.
    (set-anonymous-server-dh-parameters! cred dh-params)
    (set-session-credentials! server cred))

  ;; Perform the TLS handshake with the client.
  (handshake server)

  ;; Receive data over the TLS record layer.
  (let ((message (read (session-record-port server))))
    (format #t "received the following message: ~a~%"

    (bye server close-request/rdwr)))

This is it!