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Bug 207518 - Usage of DIGEST-MD5 corrupts session of programs
Usage of DIGEST-MD5 corrupts session of programs
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: cyrus-sasl (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tomas Mraz
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-09-21 10:17 EDT by IDA, TU-Braunschweig
Modified: 2009-04-10 09:56 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: cyrus-sasl-2.1.19-14
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Last Closed: 2009-04-10 09:56:16 EDT
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Description IDA, TU-Braunschweig 2006-09-21 10:17:50 EDT
Description of problem:

Using a SASL/DIGEST-MD5 authentication, programs like 'ldapsearch' report an
'Invalid Sequence Number' followed by a bogus 'ldap_result: Can't contact LDAP
server (-1)' when transferring larger data.

It is possible that this problem only occurs using TLS/SSL connections.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Server is on RHEL4. Client is on same host, or on different Linux distro.
DIGEST-MD5 modules must be installed.

Here we can reproduce the problem 100% - it seems very deterministic and
seemingly depends on the size of the transferred data.

Steps to Reproduce:

1.) You need a SASL enabled LDAP-server
2.) You need lots of data on that server (here: dbsize of ~10MB)
3.) You query lots of data from that server

ldapsearch -H ldaps://server -Y DIGEST-MD5
... outputs lots of (correct) data ...
... and suddenly stops after approx. 40k lines
ldap_result: Can't contact LDAP server (-1)

ldapsearch -H ldaps://server -Y CRAM-MD5
... works fine

ldapsearch -H ldap://server -Y DIGEST-MD5
... works fine for me without TLS/SSL

ldapsearch -H ldap://server -Y DIGEST-MD5 -Z
... same problem as with ldaps://server -Y DIGEST-MD5

Actual results:
see above

Expected results:
no error - just the data

Additional info:
Using strace to debug this problem, we found out that the digest-md5 module
tries to syslog "Invalid Sequence Number".

We found this thread on a ML: http://www.spinics.net/lists/cyrus-sasl/msg00168.html
Comment 2 Tomas Mraz 2009-04-10 08:48:17 EDT
Unfortunately I am not able to reproduce this problem with current cyrus-sasl and openldap packages on RHEL-4 Update 7.


Can you still reproduce it?
Comment 3 IDA, TU-Braunschweig 2009-04-10 09:50:42 EDT
problem is no longer reproducible.. neither on 4.7 nor (and never was) on 5.3

the cyrus and openldap packages were updated in 2007 (after filing the bug). i cannot tell what solved the problem, sorry. 

but it is no longer persistent. thank you for looking into that problem.

best regards

 Matthias Ivers

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