> Full_Name: Hallvard B Furuseth
> Version: HEAD
> OS: Linux
> Submission from: (NULL) (22.214.171.124)
> Submitted by: hallvard
> If objectclass B is a subclass of A, and an entry contains objectclass B
> but not A, slapd returns attributeOrValueExists to a request to add A.
> OTOH it allows replace(objectClass: <A, B>), and after that it allows
> delete(objectClass: A). This is inconsistent.
> If the objectClass attribute contains B, does it "really" contain A as
> well? I couldn't find such a statement in the RFCs, so my guess is
> that add(objectClass: A) should be allowed. Though I haven't looked
> all that hard.
I believe the actual implementation should be... implementation
dependent :), provided it is consistent. Right now, the issue you
noticed is caused by the fact that the presence of the value being added
is checked by using the objectClass attribute equality rule implemented
in objectSubClassMatch(), which (correctly) returns a match both for
exact and inherited match. However, this does not allow to discriminate
the actual presence of an objectClass from its inherited presence. We
a) use a separate matching rule when checking for value presence, or
b) always remove superior objectClasses, and transparently ignore any
attempt to add them to an entry (the operation succeeds, but nothing is
In any case, the code as is now seems to be inconsistent, as it does not
allow a modification that should be perfectly legitimate, regardless of
how it is actually dealt with by the implementation.
I vote in favor of option (b).
Probably, the "right" fix requires to extend the concept of equality
match, to distinguish between "match" in the sense of filtering and
"match" in the sense of literal match. Something like that already
occurs: see SLAP_MR_VALUE_OF_ASSERTION_SYNTAX vs.
SLAP_MR_VALUE_OF_ATTRIBUTE_SYNTAX. The issue right now is caused by the
fact that comparing present values with the asserted one causes
objectSubClassMatch() to check for match including superiors. Match
functions should be able to return an indication about whether the match
was literal or not, sort of a return flag indicating if the match was
SLAP_MR_VALUE_OF_ATTRIBUTE_SYNTAX or SLAP_MR_VALUE_OF_ASSERTION_SYNTAX.
This will probably require some significant API change in the match
routines, unless the related information can be safely ORed to the
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