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From Suraj Kumar <>
Subject Re: LDAP Auth strategy using nginx
Date Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:34:49 GMT
On further reading of the CouchDB documentation, I figured the /_session
API is the nearest to what we want. So, we're going to completely NOT write
the middle ware and just use the /_session API.

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM, Stefan Klein <> wrote:

> 2014/1/21 Suraj Kumar <>
> > Hi,
> >
> > We use nginx as a load balancing proxy in front of couchdb and let our
> > clients directly talk REST with couchdb. We have a company standard
> "LDAP"
> > server to auth against. I've tried (and given up) setting up the ldap
> auth
> > plugin for couchdb. Here is our alternate strategy to get things going:
> >
> > 1. Clients will attempt auth on a specific route (ex: /auth). This is
> > routed by nginx to a middleware which, after auth against LDAP, may
> insert
> > / update the couchdb _users DB with similar user account.
> > 2. The middle ware also returns a "session" cookie that is nothing but
> > crypt("username:password", "myserversecret").
> > 3. On nginx side, we write a 'lua' module that decrypts the session
> cookie
> > using the same shared  "myserversecret" password. This module will fill
> in
> > the http basic Authorization header. Since nginx is routing to couchDB
> too,
> > I expect auth against couch to work transparently.
> >
> > What do you think about this approach?
> >
> >
> Hi,
> from my understanding (played around with it, but not in production yet)
> you don't need to create the users in the DB.
> You could just use "Proxy Authentication"*
> So your nginx proxy just has to set some extra headers and couchdb will
> trust it completely without further validation.
> If your middle ware i able to provide all needed information about the
> users (i.e. roles) proxy authentication might be an option.
> regards,
> Stefan
> * beware, there was/is a typo in the documentation, the
> "proxy_authentication_handler" is actualy called
> "proxy_authenti*fi*cation_handler"
> not sure if it is fixed yet, so if it doesn't work try both spellings.

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