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Re: (ITS#6249) Feature request: Password Modify ext. op. and anonymous LDAP connection

michael@stroeder.com wrote:
> Full_Name: Michael Ströder
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> I'd like to request that a Password Modify ext. op. request should succeed on a
> LDAP connection as anonymous if the LDAP client provides the correct old
> password.
> E.g. OpenDS implements it like this and it makes sense to me regarding a user
> setting a new password in case of an expired password.

Adding this feature would open up the pwdModify exop as a mechanism for 
password guessing attacks. In fact, in the next draft of the ppolicy spec I 
was intending to explicitly forbid this type of usage, to prevent such attacks.


The ppolicy spec provides for grace logins after a password is expired, to 
give users a few last opportunities to change their password. If they don't 
take advantage of those grace logins, then they are out of luck and must get 
help from a password administrator.

I'm going to reject this ITS.

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