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RFC 2714

Schema for Representing CORBA Object References in an LDAP Directory

Pages: 10
Informational

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Network Working Group                                            V. Ryan
Request for Comments: 2714                                        R. Lee
Category: Informational                                      S. Seligman
                                                  Sun Microsystems, Inc.
                                                            October 1999


  Schema for Representing CORBA Object References in an LDAP Directory

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

CORBA [CORBA] is the Common Object Request Broker Architecture defined by the Object Management Group. This document defines the schema for representing CORBA object references in an LDAP directory [LDAPv3].

1. Introduction

This document assumes that the reader has a general understanding of CORBA. Traditionally, LDAP directories have been used to store data. Users and programmers think of the directory as a hierarchy of directory entries, each containing a set of attributes. You look up an entry from the directory and extract the attribute(s) of interest. For example, you can look up a person's telephone number from the directory. Alternatively, you can search the directory for entries with a particular set of attributes. For example, you can search for all persons in the directory with the surname "Smith". CORBA applications require access to CORBA objects. Traditionally, CORBA applications have used the COS Naming service for storage and retrieval of CORBA object references. When deployed in environments with a directory, CORBA applications should be able to use the directory as a repository for CORBA object references. The directory provides a centrally administered, and possibly replicated, service for use by CORBA applications distributed across the network.
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   For example, an application server may use the directory for
   "registering" CORBA objects representing the services that it
   manages, so that a client can later search the directory to locate
   those services as it needs.

   The motivation for this document is to define a common way for
   applications to store and retrieve CORBA object references from the
   directory.  Using this common schema, any CORBA application that
   needs to read or store CORBA object references in the directory can
   do so in an interoperable way.

   Note that this schema is defined for storing CORBA "object
   references," not CORBA objects in general. There might be other ways
   to store CORBA objects in an LDAP directory but they are not covered
   by this schema.

2. Representation of CORBA Object References

This document defines schema elements to represent a CORBA object reference in LDAP directory. Applications in possession of a reference to an object can invoke calls on that object. Such a reference is termed an "interoperable object reference," or IOR. Access to CORBA objects by using IORs is achieved transparently to the application, by means of the General Inter-ORB Protocol. A CORBA object reference is represented in the directory by the object class corbaObjectReference. corbaObjectReference is a subclass of the abstract corbaObject object class. corbaObjectReference is an auxiliary object class, which means that it needs to be mixed in with a structural object class. The object class corbaContainer is used in a directory entry which represents a CORBA object or object reference. It is a structural object class, and when representing an object reference, the corbaObjectReference object class would also need to be present in the entry. corbaContainer is not required when a subclass of corbaObject (such as corbaObjectReference) is mixed in with another structural object class. The definitions for the object classes corbaObject, corbaObjectReference, and corbaContainer are presented in Section 4. The corbaObject class has two optional attributes: corbaRepositoryId and description. corbaRepositoryId is a multivalued attribute that is used to store the repository ids of the interfaces implemented by a CORBA object. description is used to store a textual description of a CORBA object.
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   The corbaObjectReference class has one mandatory attribute: corbaIor.
   corbaIor is used to store the object's stringified IOR.

   corbaIor and corbaRepositoryId are defined in Section 3; description
   is defined in [v3Schema].

3. Attribute Type Definitions

The following attribute types are defined in this document: corbaIor corbaRepositoryId

3.1 corbaIor

This attribute stores the string representation of the interoperable object reference (IOR) for a CORBA object. An IOR is an opaque handle for the object which contains the information necessary to locate the object, even if the object is in another ORB. This attribute's syntax is 'IA5 String' and its case is insignificant. ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.1.14 NAME 'corbaIor' DESC 'Stringified interoperable object reference of a CORBA object' EQUALITY caseIgnoreIA5Match SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.26 SINGLE-VALUE )

3.2 corbaRepositoryId

Each CORBA interface has a unique "repository id" (also called "type id") that identifies the interface. A CORBA object has one or more repository ids, one for each interface that it implements. The format of a repository id can be any string, but the OMG specifies four standard formats: a. IDL-style IDL:Prefix/ModuleName/InterfaceName:VersionNumber
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   For example, the repository id for the "NamingContext" in OMG's COS
   Naming module is:  "IDL:omg.org/CosNaming/NamingContext:1.0".

      b. RMI-style

       RMI:ClassName:HashCode[:SUID]

   This format is used by RMI-IIOP remote objects [RMI-IIOP].
   "ClassName" is the fully qualified name of the class (for example,
   "java.lang.String"). "HashCode" is the object's hash code (that is,
   that obtained by invoking the "hashCode()" method).  "SUID" is the
   "stream unique identifier", which is a 64-bit number that uniquely
   identifies the serialization version of the class; SUID is optional
   in the repository id.

      c. DCE-style

       DCE:UUID

   This format is used for DCE/CORBA interoperability [CORBA-DCE].
   "UUID" represents a DCE UUID.

      d. "local"

   This format is defined by the local Object Request Broker (ORB).

   The corbaRepositoryId attribute is a multivalued attribute; each
   value records a single repository id of an interface implemented by
   the CORBA object.  This attribute need not contain a complete list of
   the interfaces implemented by the CORBA object.

   This attribute's syntax is 'Directory String' and its case is
   significant.  The values of this attribute are encoded using UTF-8.
   Some values may require translation from their native representation
   in order to be correctly encoded using UTF-8.

   ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.1.15
    NAME 'corbaRepositoryId'
    DESC 'Repository ids of interfaces implemented by a CORBA object'
    EQUALITY caseExactMatch
    SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.15
   )
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4. Object Class Definitions

The following object classes are defined in this document: corbaContainer corbaObject corbaObjectReference

4.1 corbaContainer

This structural object class represents a container for a CORBA object. ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.10 NAME 'corbaContainer' DESC 'Container for a CORBA object' SUP top STRUCTURAL MUST ( cn ) )

4.2 corbaObject

This abstract object class is the root class for representing a CORBA object. ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.9 NAME 'corbaObject' DESC 'CORBA object representation' SUP top ABSTRACT MAY ( corbaRepositoryId $ description ) )

4.3 corbaObjectReference

This auxiliary object class represents a CORBA object reference. It must be mixed in with a structural object class. ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.11 NAME 'corbaObjectReference' DESC 'CORBA interoperable object reference' SUP corbaObject AUXILIARY MUST ( corbaIor ) )
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5. Security Considerations

Obtaining a reference to an object and storing it in the directory may make a handle to the object available to a wider audience. This may have security implications.

6. Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Sanjeev Krishnan of Sun Microsystems, Simon Nash of IBM, and Jeffrey Spirn of Oracle for their comments and suggestions.

7. References

[CORBA] The Object Management Group, "Common Object Request Broker Architecture Specification 2.2", http://www.omg.org [CORBA-DCE] Distributed Systems Technology Center and Digital Equipment Corporation, "DCE/CORBA Interworking Specification", May 1998. http://www.omg.org/library/schedule/ DCE_CORBA_Interworking_RFP.html [LDAPv3] Wahl, M., Howes, T. and S. Kille, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3)", RFC 2251, December 1997. [RMI-IIOP] IBM and Java Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc., "RMI over IIOP", June 1999. http://java.sun.com/products/rmi- iiop/index.html [v3Schema] Wahl, M., "A Summary of the X.500(96) User Schema for use with LDAPv3", RFC 2256, December 1997.
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8. Authors' Addresses

Vincent Ryan Sun Microsystems, Inc. Mail Stop EDUB03 901 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA Phone: +353 1 819 9151 EMail: vincent.ryan@ireland.sun.com Rosanna Lee Sun Microsystems, Inc. Mail Stop UCUP02-206 901 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA Phone: +1 408 863 3221 EMail: rosanna.lee@eng.sun.com Scott Seligman Sun Microsystems, Inc. Mail Stop UCUP02-209 901 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA Phone: +1 408 863 3222 EMail: scott.seligman@eng.sun.com
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9. Appendix - LDAP Schema

-- Attribute types -- ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.1.14 NAME 'corbaIor' DESC 'Stringified interoperable object reference of a CORBA object' EQUALITY caseIgnoreIA5Match SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.26 SINGLE-VALUE ) ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.1.15 NAME 'corbaRepositoryId' DESC 'Repository ids of interfaces implemented by a CORBA object' EQUALITY caseExactMatch SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.15 ) -- from RFC-2256 -- ( 2.5.4.13 NAME 'description' EQUALITY caseIgnoreMatch SUBSTR caseIgnoreSubstringsMatch SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.15{1024} ) -- Object classes -- ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.9 NAME 'corbaObject' DESC 'CORBA object representation' SUP top ABSTRACT MAY ( corbaRepositoryId $ description ) ) ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.10 NAME 'corbaContainer' DESC 'Container for a CORBA object' SUP top STRUCTURAL MUST ( cn ) )
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   ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.42.2.27.4.2.11
    NAME 'corbaObjectReference'
    DESC 'CORBA interoperable object reference'
    SUP corbaObject
    AUXILIARY
    MUST ( corbaIor )
   )

   -- Matching rule from ISO X.520 --

   ( 2.5.13.5
    NAME 'caseExactMatch'
    SYNTAX 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.15
   )
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10. Full Copyright Statement

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