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Re: (ITS#7464) ldap_back_dobind_int breaking binded user

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> Actualy I had this before and that did not change anything. I don't think
> this directive is used for this kind of "timeouts"...
> I also tried :
> *chase-referrals yes (this is default)*
> *rebind-as-user yes (as suggested here)**
> *
> *single-conn yes (default to NO)**
> *
> *
> *
> I also tried some combinings of idassert-bind options with no luck (as the
> backend does not support identity assertion).

By backend do you mean the remote server you're trying to proxy?

I see your problem.  Indeed, when a connection is pruned (in your case
because it timed out), information about client's credentials is lost. 
Back-ldap is working incorrectly, since it falls back to trying to rebind
anonymously.  However, the only other reasonable option could only be to
return a meaningful error (or dropping the connection with the client).

Things work fine with identity assertion, because in that case the
client's credentials are no longer needed, what counts is that the
client's connection is alive and authenticated, so the client's identity
can be asserted.

You'd need to do something like

idassert-bind bindmethod=simple
              binddn="<authorizing dn>"
              credentials="<authorizing credentials>"

(tested, works fine).  However, I understood from what you wrote above
that this is not an option.

I see one quick solution: bail out when the connection is lost and
idassert is not going to take place.  This requires a minimal patch.

An alternative could be to find a decent manner to store the client's
credentials in the frontend's connection with the client (as much as we do
for the client's identity in c_authz).  This will live as long as the
client's connection stays alive (something like what we do for paged

[disclaimer: I'll look into this time permitting; I can't commit to fixing
it any soon]


Pierangelo Masarati
Associate Professor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale
Politecnico di Milano