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RFC 3377

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Technical Specification

Pages: 6
Obsoleted by:  4510
Updates:  22512252225322542255225628292830

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Network Working Group                                          J. Hodges
Request for Comments: 3377                         Sun Microsystems Inc.
Category: Standards Track                                      R. Morgan
                                                University of Washington
                                                          September 2002


              Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3):
                        Technical Specification

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document specifies the set of RFCs comprising the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Version 3 (LDAPv3), and addresses the "IESG Note" attached to RFCs 2251 through 2256.

1. Background and Motivation

The specification for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 3 (LDAPv3) nominally comprises eight RFCs which were issued in two distinct subsets at separate times -- RFCs 2251 through 2256 first, then RFCs 2829 and 2830 following later. RFC 2251 through 2256 do not mandate the implementation of any satisfactory authentication mechanisms and hence were published with an "IESG Note" discouraging implementation and deployment of LDAPv3 clients or servers implementing update functionality until a Proposed Standard for mandatory authentication in LDAPv3 is published. RFC 2829 was subsequently published in answer to the IESG Note. The purpose of this document is to explicitly specify the set of RFCs comprising LDAPv3, and formally address the IESG Note through explicit inclusion of RFC 2829.
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2. Specification of LDAPv3

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 3 (LDAPv3) is specified by this set of nine RFCs: [RFC2251] Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3) [the specification of the LDAP on-the-wire protocol] [RFC2252] Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Attribute Syntax Definitions [RFC2253] Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): UTF-8 String Representation of Distinguished Names [RFC2254] The String Representation of LDAP Search Filters [RFC2255] The LDAP URL Format [RFC2256] A Summary of the X.500(96) User Schema for use with LDAPv3 [RFC2829] Authentication Methods for LDAP [RFC2830] Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Extension for Transport Layer Security And, this document (RFC3377). The term "LDAPv3" is often used informally to refer to the protocol specified by the above set of RFCs, or subsets thereof. However, the LDAPv3 protocol suite, as defined here, should be formally identified in other documents by a normative reference to this document.

3. Addressing the "IESG Note" in RFCs 2251 through 2256

The IESG approved publishing RFCs 2251 through 2256 with an attendant IESG Note included in each document. The Note begins with: This document describes a directory access protocol that provides both read and update access. Update access requires secure authentication, but this document does not mandate implementation of any satisfactory authentication mechanisms.
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   The Note ends with this statement:

      Implementors are hereby discouraged from deploying LDAPv3 clients
      or servers which implement the update functionality, until a
      Proposed Standard for mandatory authentication in LDAPv3 has been
      approved and published as an RFC.

   [RFC2829] is expressly the "Proposed Standard for mandatory
   authentication in LDAPv3" called for in the Note.  Thus, the IESG
   Note in [RFC2251], [RFC2252], [RFC2253], [RFC2254], [RFC2255], and
   [RFC2256] is addressed.

4. Security Considerations

This document does not directly discuss security, although the context of the aforementioned IESG Note is security related, as is the manner in which it is addressed. Please refer to the referenced documents, especially [RFC2829], [RFC2251], and [RFC2830], for further information concerning LDAPv3 security.

5. Acknowledgements

The authors thank Patrik Faltstrom, Leslie Daigle, Thomas Narten, and Kurt Zeilenga for their contributions to this document.

6. References

[RFC2251] Wahl, M., Kille, S. and T. Howes, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3)", RFC 2251, December 1997. [RFC2252] Wahl, M., Coulbeck, A., Howes, T. and S. Kille, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Attribute Syntax Definitions", RFC 2252, December 1997. [RFC2253] Kille, S., Wahl, M. and T. Howes, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): UTF-8 String Representation of Distinguished Names", RFC 2253, December 1997. [RFC2254] Howes, T., "The String Representation of LDAP Search Filters", RFC 2254, December 1997. [RFC2255] Howes, T. and M. Smith, "The LDAP URL Format", RFC 2255, December 1997. [RFC2256] Wahl, M., "A Summary of the X.500(96) User Schema for use with LDAPv3", RFC 2256, December 1997.
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   [RFC2829]  Wahl, M., Alvestrand, H., Hodges, J. and R. Morgan,
              "Authentication Methods for LDAP", RFC 2829, May 2000.

   [RFC2830]  Hodges, J., Morgan, R. and M. Wahl, "Lightweight Directory
              Access Protocol (v3): Extension for Transport Layer
              Security", RFC 2830, May 2000.

7. Intellectual Property Rights Notices

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8. Authors' Addresses

Jeff Hodges Sun Microsystems, Inc. 901 San Antonio Road, USCA22-212 Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA Phone: +1-408-276-5467 EMail: Jeff.Hodges@sun.com RL "Bob" Morgan Computing and Communications University of Washington Seattle, WA USA Phone: +1-206-221-3307 EMail: rlmorgan@washington.edu
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9. Full Copyright Statement

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