We currently support Kerberos authentication via SASL+GSSAPI. Due to an implementation detail, turning it on requires also enabling Kerberos for HDFS.
This ticket proposes changing the implementation to avoid needing to turn on Kerberos authentication for HDFS, but still (optionally) using it. Mostly, I think this boils down to replacing uses of UserGroupInformation with Subject references. There are couple places (specifically around creating delegation tokens for use with a Kerberos-enabled Hadoop cluster) where `UserGroupInformation` may need to stick around.