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Re: Notice of disconnection

Lars Hesel Christensen XX (AH/LMD) wrote:
Ok, what really confused me when looking at this is the fact that the
comments for ldap_result (as well as the man pages) claims that we will
receive unsolicited messages when calling ldap_result with LDAP_RES_ANY

I'm not sure about how to handle unsolicited messages other than notice
of disconnect, but as it is, when the user can just ignore unsolicited
messages, I suppose it would be a good thing if the library itself could
deal with them and dispose of them. I think this is what is intended
when reading the section about unsolicited messages in the RFC. At least
it seems to me that it would be bad/confusing if some unsolicited
messages are handled by the application and some are handled by the

I think it would not be to hard to create a mock-up server that can
accept a new session and then send a notice of disconnection to the
client. That would be a simple way to test that client-side
code/handling of notice of disconnection - whatever the outcome of the
above discussion might be :)

right now HEAD code should allow you to experiment with (almost arbitrary) unsolicited responses.

The client library right now returns correct unsolicited messages (i.e. extended response messages with msgid == 0) if requested (i.e. if the msgid parameter to ldap_result(3) is either set to LDAP_RES_ANY or LDAP_RES_UNSOLICITED); otherwise, it directly handles the RFC 4511 "Notice of Disconnection" message.

The server allows you to craft a special overlay (slapo-retcode(5)) which can:
- return regular response messagess with msgid == 0
- return extended response messages with a given OID and optionally some extended response data
- disconnect abruptly without notice.

I haven't tested it with in-directory data yet, although the code should be present. I've only tested it with retcode-item configuration directives like

retcode-item "cn=unsolicited" 0x00 unsolicited="0"
retcode-item "cn=unsolicited-extended" 0x00 unsolicited=""
retcode-item "cn=disconnect" 0x00 flags=disconnect

See test038 for an example that sets up the slapo-retcode(5) overlay. To trigger the abnormal behavior, you can search the database using the "offending" entry as search base, although any operation affecting that DN should be fine.

Cheers, p.

Ing. Pierangelo Masarati
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