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From "Emmanuel Lecharny (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (DIRSERVER-906) Using the textual "entryACI" inside the server is dangerous and will lead to errors
Date Sat, 21 Apr 2007 13:59:15 GMT
Using the textual "entryACI" inside the server is dangerous and will lead to errors

                 Key: DIRSERVER-906
             Project: Directory ApacheDS
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Emmanuel Lecharny

There are places in the server where we do some existance check against attributes such as
"entryACI", "prescriptiveACI".

This is not good enough. If a client send en antry using "" instead of "entryACI",
the test will fail.

There are two way to fix it, it it will be costly :
1) during the normalization phase, *always* transform the attributeTypes to their OID counterpart
so that comparizon is done with the OID
2) when looking for an attributeType, search for the OID in an Attributes, and nothing else.

Alternative would be to use the AttributeUtils.getAttribute(  Attributes, AttributeType )
method which return the attribute which type equals the one given as a parameter. There are
2 problems with this approach :
1) this method is buggy : if there is only one alias, then it is used, so you won't be able
to find an Attribute using its OID ;)
2) it is slow, as you may have to find the AttributeType associated with an OID or a String
first, and then you may loop through all the aliases.

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