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From "Stephen Greenlee (JIRA)" <jetspeed-...@portals.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (JS2-491) Enhance J2 LDAP Security Documentation
Date Tue, 09 May 2006 20:05:06 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JS2-491?page=comments#action_12378721 ] 

Stephen Greenlee commented on JS2-491:
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Hi Davy and Eduardo,

Eduardo and I have been discussing the issues around LDAP configuration and production Directory
Servers. As Eduardo noted above, customers already have a LDAP server running (NDS, ADS, Sun
etc...) and there is some reluctance to make changes to an existing schema to accomodate Jetspeed.


Ideally, both role and group assignments in Jetspeed should map to groups on the ldap server
(at least in Active Directory) as most basic directory servers for Network Operating Systems
assign roles based on logicical group assignments. For example, in Active Directory, the administrator
role is assigned by adding a user to an administrator group. Having looked at both JIRA for
J2 and the mailing lists, it's unclear to me how I should now proceed for configuring LDAP
on Active Directory.

I have tried following the directions on http://portals.apache.org/jetspeed-2/multiproject/jetspeed-security/ldap.html
but I need further giudance on configuration. 

Anyone that can provide guidance or their own personal experince would be of tremendous help.
If I don't hear anything via JIRA in a day or two, I may cross-post this to the dev mailing
list. I don't like doing this but wish to move forward.

Thanks

> Enhance J2 LDAP Security Documentation
> --------------------------------------
>
>          Key: JS2-491
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JS2-491
>      Project: Jetspeed 2
>         Type: Improvement

>   Components: Security
>     Versions: 2.1-dev
>     Reporter: David Le Strat
>      Fix For: 2.1-dev

>
> From Davy De Waele email to the list:
> Judging from the recent activity on the mailing list I noticed some
> interest in using LDAP & Jetspeed 
> Some thoughts come to mind:
> 1. The instructions located at
> http://portals.apache.org/jetspeed-2/multiproject/jetspeed-security/ldap
> .html are really only applicable for people who are building jetspeed
> from source. 
> Due to the fact that the security-spi-ldap*.xml files shown there are
> coming from SVN (interface changes, additional objects in the
> configuration files that are not in the 2.0 binary release), users who
> have installed jetspeed2 via the installer attempting to follow these
> instructions will run into configuration issues.
> What would be the best way to address this?
> I think we should make a difference between users who are familiar with
> Maven, SVN, compiling/building/deploying, and users who just want to 
> get
> the thing up & running using the installer.
> Shouldn't we put this information into perspective by:
> a) Clearly indicating that this is only intended for people building
> from source
> b) Provide an additional manual on what needs to be done starting from 
> a
> binary release (2.0 version)
> 	
> The user would have to 
>           * copy the security-spi-ldap*.xml files (we provide
> downloadable spring XML files acting as examples)
>           * remove their default security-spi-atn.xml
>           * restart tomcat
>           * preparing their LDAP server 
> As far as LDAP support goes, we should provide instructions on how
> existing LDAP servers can be used with jetspeed. We can also provide
> downloadable schema files & LDIF sample data for all major vendors +
> documentation)
> I could provide such manuals for OpenLDAP,SunDS and ApacheDS.
> 2. The major problem that users will be facing today is that encrypted
> passwords are not supported in the jetspeed2.0 release. Given that this
> functionality has been committed to the codebase, how do you feel
> towards providing a downloadable JAR file to users that would act as a
> replacement for their current jetspeed-security-2.0.jar - doesn't have
> to be anything official, could be included as a link in the
> documentation)
> The user would have to
>          * replace his jetspeed-security-2.0.jar
>          * restart tomcat
> The user would have support for encrypted passwords and group/role
> membership via LDAP.	   
> 3. OpenLDAP schema file
> I had to add groupOfUniqueNames as a parent to the jetspeed-2-group and
> jetspeed-2-role objectClasses in order for the group/role assignment to
> work in OpenLDAP.
> ApacheDS doesn't really care when objects are created in the LDAP tree
> containing attributes that aren't defined in the LDAP schema. OpenLDAP
> does :) I've attached the new jetspeed.schema file.

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