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From "Stefan Zoerner (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DIREVE-283) If anonymous access is disabled, reading the Root DSE is forbidden by the server
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2005 14:33:56 GMT
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Stefan Zoerner commented on DIREVE-283:

Alex, I still face some problems with this one. Unfortunately I was not able to create a piece
of Java code to reproduce them in a good way yet. I found them by connecting  to a server
with Softerra LDAP Browser/Administrator. With it I am currently not able to browse the directory
at all, if anonymous access is allowed and I act as an admin.

I assume that the tool binds anonymously first to analyze the Root DSE, and performs a bind
with UID and password afterwards on the same connection. I will continue to create a better
issue description tonight, and will hopefully present a piece of code which reproduces to

> If anonymous access is disabled, reading the Root DSE is forbidden by the server
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: DIREVE-283
>          URL:
>      Project: Directory Server
>         Type: Bug
>     Reporter: Stefan Zoerner
>     Assignee: Alex Karasulu
>      Fix For: 0.9.3

> If anonymous access is disabled, i.e. configuration is 
>  <property name="allowAnonymousAccess"><value>false</value></property>
> a client which binds anonymously is not allowed to fetch any Root DSE data. 
> $ ldapsearch -b "" -s base -p 10389 "(objectclass=*)"
> ldap_simple_bind: Insufficient access
> It is expected that a client is at least able to read the attribute supportedSASLMechanisms
if connected anonymously. This is because s/he can then decide which mechanism fits his/her
needs best, before authentication. Here is what RFC 2829 says:
> 5. Anonymous authentication
>    ...
>    LDAP implementations MUST support anonymous authentication, as
>    defined in section 5.1.
>    ...
>    While there MAY be access control restrictions to prevent access to
>    directory entries, an LDAP server SHOULD allow an anonymously-bound
>    client to retrieve the supportedSASLMechanisms attribute of the root
>    DSE.
>    ...
> It is quite normal, that LDAP servers present the other information advertised in the
Root DSE to anonymously connected clients as well (e.g. supportedLDAPVersion, namingContexts),
even if anonymous binds are not allowed (e.g. default configuration of Active Directory).
> But it seems to be up to us, which information we give anonymously bind users (except
supportedSASLMechanisms), this is what RFC 2251 says:
> 3.4. Server-specific Data Requirements
>    An LDAP server MUST provide information about itself and other
>    information that is specific to each server.  This is represented as
>    a group of attributes located in the root DSE (DSA-Specific Entry),
>    which is named with the zero-length LDAPDN.  These attributes are
>    retrievable if a client performs a base object search of the root
>    with filter "(objectClass=*)", however they are subject to access
>    control restrictions.

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