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Re: exempt some users from OpenLDAP password policy


You may either:

  • Set a relaxed default password policy using olcPPolicyDefault / ppolicy_default (or no default policy at all) and set more restrictive password policies on some of your users by setting the pwdPolicySubentry attribute on their object
  • Set a restrictive default password policy, and a relaxed ones on some of your users

Using one or the other depends on the proportions of exceptions you would generate: the less, the better


Matthieu CERDA

Le 13/04/2018 à 11:38, Tayyab Saeed a écrit :
Dear Peter / ALL,

Thanks a lot for your reply.

So how can we exempt some users from password policy ?

Is it possible in OpenLDAP or not ?

Tayyab Saeed

From: "Peter Gietz" <peter.gietz@daasi.de>
To: openldap-technical@openldap.org
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 1:08:31 PM
Subject: Re: exempt some users from OpenLDAP password policy

Dear Tayyab,

well the error message says most of it.

The attribute pwdChangedTime is defined in sect. 5.3.2. of https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-behera-ldap-password-policy-10 as:


USAGE directoryOperation )

Which means, that an LDAP client is not allowed to modify the values of this attribute, and that it is to be modified by the directory server only.

And this makes perfectly sense, that the value is changed, if and only if the password is being changed.


Am 12.04.2018 um 22:55 schrieb Tayyab Saeed:
Dear All,

I have tried modifying pwdChangedTime & facing below error

 modifying entry 
 ldap_modify: Constraint violation (19)
     additional info: pwdChangedTime: no user modification allowed

Tayyab Saeed

Matthieu Cerda
Infrastructure, BU Means @ NBS System