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secure passwords

Hi All,

I am trying to store SSHA passwords in openldap instead of plain text via C code and wondering how this works. I tried exploring archives, FAQ etc and what I gathered from there is openLDAP has built in support for various password encryption algorithm however it does not have any APIs for generating passwords and password-has directive works with ldpapassword utility only. 


If I use some tool like Apache DS and modify my userPassword attribute to be SSHA instead of plain text it all works. I want to know how this works under the hood? Who is responsible for generating hashed passwords? If I generate it using some C routine how does LDAP Server retrieves it during the bind operation? I would really appreciate if there is any related documentation available.

Thanks for the help and support.