newbie question: state of the art/practice for private newsgroups?

Julien ÉLIE julien at
Mon Feb 7 21:15:25 UTC 2011

Hi Miles,

See Raphaël and Todd's answers.

> What I'm wondering is the current state of the art/practice. What
> would be a good starting point for building something along the lines
> of:
> - 3-5 replicated servers

You can do it with INN (see the xrefslave parameter in inn.conf
to achieve a "replication" with the same article numbers).

Suggestions of architecture here:

But it is maybe too much for your needs (?)

> - 15-20 groups
> - 3-5000 users

No problem.

> - peer-to-peer authentication among servers

You can authenticate the servers (password sent in plain text between
innd and innfeed).  See stunnel, as Todd recommended, if you need to
encrypt the transfer.
Usually, it is not necessary to authenticate the servers.  Rights are
granted per IP.

> - crypto-based authentication of users, with access control on a user-
> newsgroup level (ideally using kerberos or LDAP for central user
> administration)

> - encryption and signing of messages

This feature is client-based.
PGP is usually used.

Julien ÉLIE

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