pam_ldap/nss_ldap password leak in a master+slave+start_tls LDAP setup Jul 04 2005 07:06PM
Rob Holland (tigger gentoo org)
pam_ldap/nss_ldap fail to re-start TLS when following referred
connections. This can result in credentials being sent in clear text
when pam_ldap/nss_ldap attempt to rebind.

This affects any LDAP infrastructure which can generate referrals during
NSS or PAM operations (generally a master+slave LDAP setup) and which
relies on "ssl start_tls" in ldap.conf for security of the connections.

Although the initial connection starts TLS properly, subsequent referred
connections do not.

This is a bug in all three of nss_ldap, pam_ldap and openldap. pam_ldap
and nss_ldap to not attempt to re-start TLS and Openldap does not
currently allow a client to start TLS on a referred connection anyway,
due to a buggy "already doing tls" check.

Bugs have been filed (and ignored, save for a mistaken "we don't take
3rd party patches" email) upstream at:




The nss bug (211) is only filed today as I've only just been alerted to
the fact that it suffers the same problem.

rob holland - [ tigger (at) gentoo (dot) org [email concealed] ] - Gentoo Audit Team
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