(Answer) (Category) OpenLDAP Faq-O-Matic : (Category) General LDAP FAQ : (Category) Misc. : (Answer) How do I authenticate users in my application?
A common way of authenticating a user with LDAP in another application (such as a Perl script) is to:

a. Bind with a known user (usually anonymous) and lookup the DN of the UID given.
b. Try binding with this DN and supplied user password.

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