1 Reply Latest reply: May 11, 2009 8:56 AM by 433455 RSS

    OpenLDAP integration with posixGroup

      Dear apiculturists,

      with an OpenLDAP directory install on SuSE enterprise linux,
      LDAP-based administration of groups appears to be based on the
      structural objectclass posixGroup, which has plain usernames in the
      attribute memberUid, e.g.

      dn: cn=agroup,ou=group,dc=mycorp,dc=com
      objectClass: posixGroup
      objectClass: sambaGroupMapping
      cn: agroup
      gidNumber: 1076
      sambaSID: S-1-0-11-0815081508-44905045-1282156110-2119
      sambaGroupType: 2
      displayName: agroup
      description: adescription
      memberUid: amember
      memberUid: bmember
      memberUid: cmember

      At our site, several applications (not only SLES) make use of this

      Now it appears that beehive requires the syntax of the objectclass
      groupOfNames, with dns in the attribute member, e.g.:

      dn: cn=agroup,ou=group4beehive,dc=mycorp,dc=com
      objectClass: groupOfNames
      cn: agroup
      description: adescription
      member: uid=required_member_for_empty_group,ou=people,dc=mycorp,dc=com
      member: uid=ambember,ou=people,dc=mycorp,dc=com
      member: uid=bmember,ou=people,dc=mycorp,dc=com
      member: uid=cmember,ou=people,dc=mycorp,dc=com

      Through Oracle Support we found out that currently nothing can be said
      if and when beehive 1.x might support posixGroup entries, too (there
      is an enhancement request 8278412 "ALLOW GROUP MEMBERSHIP

      Our workaround will probably be writing a filtering procedure
      transforming the posixGroup structure in
      "dn: cn=agroup,ou=group,dc=mycorp,dc=com"
      to an equivalent groupOfNames structure within
      "dn: cn=agroup,ou=group4beehive,dc=mycorp,dc=com"

      Are there other current or potential beehive customers with
      OpenLDAP that are facing the same problem?
      Did perhaps even some of you also implement a workaround? Would be
      interested to know or discuss this, as this is quite an
      issue for us.

      Regards, Thomas


      -groupOfNames is insufficient for managing Unix groups as it does not
      provide a gidNumber

      -PosixGroup and groupOfNames are mutually exclusive, so we cannot
      store the gidNumber where the groupOfNames info lives

      -SuSE Linux appears to have no mechanisms to automatically sync such
      two separate group entries (one carrying PosixGroup, the other
      carrying groupOfNames info)

      -implementing the rfc2307bis Schema could bring posixGroup and
      groupOfNames info together, but still the would need to get synched.

      -implementing nss_map_attribute in /etc/libnss-ldap.conf could make
      SuSE use groupOfNames, but we saw that the other applications using
      the directory are all tuned to read posixGroup format
        • 1. Re: OpenLDAP integration with posixGroup
          Hi all,

          I second that request. We're running Apple's OpenDirectory, which is basically OpenLDAP accompanied by some Apple-bred software. We, too, would need Beehive to be able to manage posixGroups, since this is the way that OpenDirectory manages its groups.