+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #162482 +++
This information is from Rob Holland
Openldap currently doesn't allow a client to specify that referred
connections should use TLS. This can lead to passwords being sent in the
clear despite having "ssl start_tls" in ldap.conf.
In a master+slaves LDAP infrastructure passwords are sent in the clear
when a user runs "passwd" on a machine where pam_ldap is configured to
use a slave server.
pam_ldap connects to the slave over TLS (as specified in the ldap.conf
file) and then gets referred to the master in order to make a change.
TLS is never started on the referred connection and pam_ldap attempts to
bind in the clear. If the master server is not setup to require TLS on
all connections, this may go unoticed, as passwd will function as
The only place a client is able to try and start_tls for a referred
connection is inside rebind_proc. However, a bug in a sanity check in
the openldap code means that openldap considers that TLS has already
been started on the referrred connection if it has been started on the
first connection (it always checks the first connection, rather than
checking the default), and so this won't work.
Bugs have been filed on both openldap and pam_ldap:
This issue also affects nss_ldap, the patch is located here:
This issue should also affect FC3
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.
Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?
Fedora Core 4 is no longer maintained.
Setting status to "INSUFFICIENT_DATA". If you can reproduce this bug in the
current Fedora release, please reopen this bug and assign it to the
corresponding Fedora version.