Full_Name: Alec Cooper
Version: HEAD of master branch
OS: Ubuntu Linux 16.04
Submission from: (NULL) (18.104.22.168)
Adding support for encrypted server private keys.
Thank you for your submission. I must compliment you on providing such a
comprehensive and well-written contribution. Unfortunately the feature itself
is clearly not useful. Perhaps you should have raised this topic on the
openldap-devel list for discussion before spending your time writing it.
All your feature does is embed the encryption key in the filesystem, so an
encrypted private key is still no more secure than an unencrypted one. It
still just depends on setting proper file access permissions, and the current
documentation already makes that point.
Indeed, all it does is give the false illusion of enhancing security, and
followups like balmerpeak92(a)gmail.com's shows that people will easily fall for
I regret having to reject such a well written contribution, but we cannot in
good conscience accept a security feature that doesn't actually improve security.
The meat of this patch is changes to tls2.c, tls_g.c, tls_m.c, and tls_o.c to
send a password to the underlying TLS library.
Changes to ldap.h, init.c and ldap-int.h expose the new
LDAP_OPT_X_TLS_KEYPASSWORD in the main API.
Changes in the contrib/ldapc++ directory expose the corresponding
TlsOptions::KEYPASSWORD option in the C++ API.
Changes in the servers directory expose equivalent options for servers as
configuration file entries or environment variables.
Changes in the doc directory add documentation about the new options and remove
statements that indicated that encrypted keyfiles are not supported.
New files in the test directory are for testing TLS connections, both in general
and with encrypted keyfiles. Tests pass for OpenSSL and GnuTLS using PEM
formatted certs and keys, and for MozNSS using cert/key databases. The new unit
test (test065-tls) has been written to detect when using NSS, and use the
cert/key databases in this case. I have been unable to get a working version of
libnsspem, so I cannot test MozNSS with (or without) encrypted keyfiles -
testing for this case would be welcome!
Notice of origin: The attached patch file is derived from OpenLDAP Software. All
of the modifications to OpenLDAP Software represented in the following patch
were developed by Alec Cooper ahnolds(a)gmail.com. I have not assigned rights
and/or interest in this work to any party.
Rights statement: I, Alec Cooper, hereby place the following modifications to
OpenLDAP Software (and only these modifications) into the public domain. Hence,
these modifications may be freely used and/or redistributed for any purpose with
or without attribution and/or other notice.
The patch has been uploaded to the OpenLDAP FTP server and can be found at
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