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From Kiran Ayyagari <>
Subject Re: Can we send SHA of password as the credential for LDAP authentication..
Date Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:30:17 GMT
On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM, suresh ramamurthy <
> wrote:

> Hi..
> We have a requirement to not send clear text as the credential for LDAP
> bind operation.
> So, we store SHA of the password in the Apache DS LDAP server and we would
> like to send the SHA of the password from client as
> the user credential for LDAP authentication. For example, we can set the
> password as {SHA}blah..blah...
> Is it possible to configure Apache DS to ignore hash conversion of the
> input password and just compare the password with LDAP DB?
> I googled for couple of days and I also looked in the Apache DS code and
> found that during bind operation, input password is hashed
> using the algorithm stored along with the password in LDAP DB and then the
> result is compared.
> Can any one please shed light on this and let me know if we can send SHA
> of the password from client instead of the real password for LDAP
> authentication.
> Also, is this a valid approach or sending clear password from client is
> the only approach(assuming ssl is enabled..)
> this is not the correct way to perform bind operation with the server, use
startTLS with clear text password

> Thanks,
> Suresh

Kiran Ayyagari

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