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Re: (ITS#6510) GSSAPI rebind proc will cause mutex deadlock

On Apr 8, 2010, at 8:08 PM, Howard Chu wrote:

> Kurt@OpenLDAP.org wrote:
>> On Apr 8, 2010, at 3:58 PM, hyc@symas.com wrote:
>>> Sounds like your servers are mis-configured, it is not legal to send =
>>> referral in response to a Bind request.
>> I note that the technical specification doesn't actually preclude =
return =3D
>> of a referral in response to a Bind request.  However, in practice, =
such =3D
>> return is quite problematic due to ambiguous semantics and security =3D=

>> considerations.
> Right. I can't find the discussion we had about this back in 2004, but =
certainly we've already hashed this out in great detail before.
> The fact is that acting on a referral simply means performing a Bind =
against some other server.
> It does nothing for the authentication state of the session on the =
original server.

Right, by returning a referral, regardless of how far the client got in =
authentication process (including completion of all challenges), the =
client is now anonymous at the original server.

And there's a security concern, the referral information is not =
protected by the underlying authentication mechanism.  It is actually =
quite possible that this be used by an attacker to cause the client to =
try authentication multiple times, possibly with chosen plaintext.

I recommend that the library never chase bind referrals.  (I tend to =
think of rebind as a misfeature.   Robust clients really should be using =
the async API and carefully managing security contexts and chasing.)

-- Kurt=