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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: [Triplesec] Thinking of a quick rewrite
Date Fri, 10 Aug 2007 00:44:58 GMT

On Aug 9, 2007, at 4:50 PM, Alex Karasulu wrote:

> Hi David,
> On 8/9/07, David Jencks <> wrote:
> As far as I can tell from looking at svn basically nothing happened
> with this effort and from the original note now july is over so Alex
> doesn't have time to work on it any more?
> No I intend to work on it but I realized that other things also  
> need to be done
> to make this rewrite successful so I began working on those  
> matters.  Now
> I am a bit off line but will get back into the groove shortly.
> I'm going to resume working on my sandbox triplesec-jacc.  I'm going
> to start by:
> Well we discussed several issues with the schema and the way we use
> groups.  There is more discussion required on this topic but feel  
> free to
> keep working on it since I have gained some insite on several  
> things by
> looking into this branch.  However also note that we have done some
> pkg refactoring in the triplesec trunk already which also is not  
> part of
> any rewrite.

I'm not so against groups as I was the last time we talked :-)
> - change package to o.a.d.triplesec
> - change the OIDs to ones appropriate for apache.
> Yeah I think we did this or need to definately.
> - use maven-remote-resources-plugin for LICENSE/NOTICE files
> Ohhhh more to learn from your branch :).
> - remove admin ui with the intention of using ldap studio instead
> Ahh yes we must do this eventually yes yes.
> - use triggers instead of the interceptors (if I can figure out how
> and there is enough support for them in trunk)
> Aye this will clean up much craptastic code.
> - figure out how to use xbean-spring to configure the server
> Ooohh this is where we differe I will start removign Spring and
> start pushing the configuration into the DIT.  THis will reduce
> more code in Tsec.

well... good luck :-)  but this isn't a good place to discuss this  
> - model more of the NIST RBAC model (see
> rbacSTD-ACM.pdf)
> Yes this is where I need to do some research as well.  But I have some
> nice ideas here with how to deal with permission extension without  
> compromising
> specificity for a specific language or platform.
> My copy was running against apacheds 1.5 back in january but it
> doesn't compile any more due to big changes in interceptor
> interfaces.  I think that using triggers should make it less
> sensitive to such interface changes.
> Aye agreed.
> I'd be happy to move this either to the rewrite branch or to geronimo
> depending on whether the community thinks this direction is worth
> exploring or is definitely of interest only for geronimo.
> I definitely think we can merge our efforts but we need better  
> collaboration.  I
> blame myself for slipping here so please forgive me on this.  Also  
> the communication
> has been somewhat poor.  I think we can balance the jacc vision  
> without compromising
> generalized usage.
> One question I have is how to assign appropriate oids to the schema
> elements.  Previously I was just incrementing existing numbers but
> this is obviously not quite correct to get the OIDs to be correct for
> apache.  I'd definitely appreciate some advice on this point.
> Take a look here:
> HTH.

That's quite useful but not quite definitive :-).  I guess the first  
thing is to check if triplesec trunk has update the oids...looks like  

So should triplesec (lets assume we can merge our efforts) get
and then 	 ApacheDS LDAP Schema syntaxes 	ApacheDS LDAP Schema matchingRules 	ApacheDS LDAP Schema attributeTypes 	ApacheDS LDAP Schema objectClasses 	ApacheDS LDAP Schema dITStructureRules 	ApacheDS LDAP Schema nameForms

where X == 6 for the different types?

> I'd like to talk to you more about this and see if we can align  
> better but I don't
> blame you for forging ahead due to my lack of participation.  Let's  
> just keep
> working forward as you are stating and try to keep collaborating  
> and learning
> from one another.  I'm sure we can find some things of value during  
> this process
> even if we cannot merge the code bases.  I think it would be  
> premature to split
> our effort and short the potential to align at some point.

Excellent!  I would much prefer to work together on this but pretty  
much have the impression you don't want me mucking around in  
triplesec trunk.  If I'm wrong... let me know.  I certainly headed  
down some dead ends on my first attempts and given my general  
ignorance of ldap I can't do this all by myself.

I think after the stuff I've proposed what is left will be a lot  
easier to see and we can have an easier time discussing the schema  
which is really the core to it all.

many thanks!
david jencks

> Regards,
> Alex

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