no time to write a long post. this is one way to get rid of the plaintext passwords, using sasl when running a svn server on ubuntu or pretty much any debian-based distro. this assumes that you have svnserve up and running, also /svn/root means your svn root folder, not necessarily that path. the indented parts are supposed to be entered in files (here i use vim, you can change it to <your-editor-of-choice>).
sudo apt-get install libsasl2-2 libsasl2-modules sasl2-bin sudo vim /etc/default/saslauthd # change the row that says START=no to START=yes cd /svn/root sudo svnadmin create newrepo sudo vim newrepo/conf/svnserve.conf # insert the following [general] anon-access = none auth-access = write # realmname may not contain special chars (this includes spaces, dashes and pretty much anything except a through z) realm = realmname [sasl] use-sasl = true min-encryption = 256 max-encryption = 256 # EOF sudo vim /usr/lib/sasl2/svn.conf # this is the basic setup.. alotta settings can be used pwcheck_method: auxprop auxprop_plugin: sasldb # i used /etc/svn_sasldb here sasldb_path: /path/db_name mech_list: DIGEST-MD5 # EOF sudo ln -s /usr/lib/sasl2/svn.conf /usr/lib/sasl2/subversion.conf # add as many users as you need sudo saslpasswd2 -f /path/db_name -c -u realmname username sudo /etc/init.d/svnserve restart # and ya done!!