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From "John Mattos" <J...@Mattos.ws>
Subject mod_ldap in Apache and it's limitations (using LDAP with Apache/tomcat)
Date Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:37:45 GMT
Hi

 

I have more information about my previous post relating to using Apache and
Tomcat with LDAP.

 

The situation is as follows. 

- The client is using Apache 2.x and Tomcat 5.x.              

- The application is a set of static HTML pages with the exception of one
servlet to do some graphing functionality. 

- Access to the HTML directories is limited and users are validated using
the mod_ldap and mod_auth_ldap module in Apache 2.x
(http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/mod_auth_ldap.html)

 

The problem : there are multiple LDAP Servers (that are really MS Active
directory), the mod_auth_ldap module can only be configured to deal with (1)
at a time, though I am not an expert at it, so please correct me if I'm
wrong about this.

 

Note: I have some Java utility classes that allow me to authenticate against
AD using AD's LDAP interface.

 

I'm looking for the simplest possible solution for this problem, as it's
only a short term solution. 

 

Immediately, of course I thought of making this a Struts application,
creating a simple login screen which uses my helper objects to validate the
user then store the user information in the session, and making all the HTML
files JSP files and checking the user's access rights before displaying the
page..This would also imply that I'd no longer use the mod_auth_ldap module

 

Thoughts? Is there a simple way of doing this (validating against multiple
LDAP Servers)? Is there a mod_auth_ldap guru out there who has run into a
similar situation before?

 

Thanks 

 

John


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