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Re^4: Need help on Net::LDAP

by MidLifeXis (Monsignor)
on May 05, 2008 at 11:18 UTC ( #684610=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Need help on Net::LDAP
in thread Need help on Net::LDAP

A crypted password, in the traditional unix sense, should be 13 characters long, and already in a base-64ish representation. It appeared to me, after reading a couple of incomplete sites documenting how this works in LDAP, is that since the password field is binary, it is always base64 encoded. This can be read as base64 encoding a string that is already base64 encoded.

I have since questioned the data I based my conclusion on, and all I can say at this point is... "I don't know" :)

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Comment on Re^4: Need help on Net::LDAP
Re^5: Need help on Net::LDAP
by ghenry (Vicar) on May 05, 2008 at 12:57 UTC

    It actually comes from rfc2849:

    The LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) - Technical Specification:

          4)  Any dn or rdn that contains characters other than those
              defined as "SAFE-UTF8-CHAR", or begins with a character other
              than those defined as "SAFE-INIT-UTF8-CHAR", above, MUST be
              base-64 encoded.  Other values MAY be base-64 encoded.  Any
              value that contains characters other than those defined as
              "SAFE-CHAR", or begins with a character other than those
              defined as "SAFE-INIT-CHAR", above, MUST be base-64 encoded.
              Other values MAY be base-64 encoded.

    So since we have

    {crypt}
    the
    {
    triggers the base64 encoding if you slapcat the Directory data out into LDIF. it has nothing to do with whom or what added the {crypt} data to the directory in the first place.

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