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Re: Enforcing attribute ACL on add operations

On Sep 27, 2008, at 8:59 AM, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:


Right now, slapd ignore attribute ACL when performing an add operation.

I note that this is the expected behavior, been so for many, many years.

If you have privilegied users that can add entries, it means that you can
prevent them from modifying attributes in existing entries, but you cannot
prevent them from adding an entry with a read-only attribute.

The problem can be interesting with an attribute such as authzTo, where the
whole access control can be circumvented by any user that can create an
entry in the tree. IMO this behavior was not intended, but if it was,

It was. Likewise the behavior of rename.

then it should be clearly documented.

I recall it being noted somewhere in the documents, but likely not as clear as it should be. I recall discussing this ACL/authzTo issue long ago.

Below is a patch that cause attribute ACL to be checked for add operations.
It is done in the backend, so if it is acceptable, then I will have to do it
for other backends. I wonder if the modrdn operation shoulnd't be subject to
the same sanity checks.

Any thought? Does it look right?

I have no opinion as whether this change should be made or not. I'm merely providing some background information....

-- Kurt

diff -U2 -r1.174 add.c
--- servers/slapd/back-bdb/add.c 26 Aug 2008 23:45:35 -0000 1.174
+++ servers/slapd/back-bdb/add.c 27 Sep 2008 15:54:58 -0000
@@ -300,4 +300,22 @@

+       /*
+        * Check ACL for attribute write access
+        */
+       if (!acl_check_modlist(op, oe, op->ora_modlist)) {
+               switch( opinfo.boi_err ) {
+               case DB_LOCK_DEADLOCK:
+               case DB_LOCK_NOTGRANTED:
+                       goto retry;
+               }
+               Debug( LDAP_DEBUG_TRACE,
+                       LDAP_XSTRING(bdb_add) ": no write access to
+                       0, 0, 0 );
+               rs->sr_err = LDAP_INSUFFICIENT_ACCESS;
+               rs->sr_text = "no write access to attribute";
+               goto return_results;;
+       }
      if ( eid == NOID ) {
              rs->sr_err = bdb_next_id( op->o_bd, &eid );

Emmanuel Dreyfus