It seems that rule #2 (I mean this one: `to * by self read by dn="cn=admin,dc=example,dc=org" write by * none`) isn't "default" at all.

I've just found another instance of OpenLDAP (I deployed it about 4 years ago). This instance (2.4.40) doesn't have such rule at all. It seems that it has not been added by OpenLDAP itself, it rather has been added manually by someone or something else. Am I right? Doesn't OpenLDAP have such rule by default?

------ Original Message ------
From: "Volodymyr Melnyk" <>
Sent: 27.12.2021 11:16:22
Subject: A very simple olcAccess rule doesn't work

Dear colleagues,

There's a question I posted on ServerFault (, but it seems that asking my question in this mailing list would be a better idea/

So, long story short, I have a domain (let's call it `dc=example,dc=org`) .

The domain has a branch (`ou=users,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org`).

There's a simpleSecurityObject in this domain (`uid=admin,ou=managers,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org`).

I need the uid=admin,*** user to have full (manage) access to the ou=users,*** branch, so I added the following olcAccess record: `to dn.subtree="ou=users,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org" by dn.exact="uid=admin,ou=managers,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org"`.

It has added to the default set of rules:
dn: olcDatabase={1}mdb,cn=config
olcAccess: {0}to * by dn.exact=gidNumber=0+uidNumber=0,cn=peercred,cn=external ,cn=auth manage by * break 
olcAccess: {1}to attrs=userPassword,shadowLastChange by self write by dn="cn=a dmin,dc=example,dc=org" write by anonymous auth by * none 
olcAccess: {2}to * by self read by dn="cn=admin,dc=example,dc=org" write by  * none 
olcAccess: {3}to dn.subtree="ou=users,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc= infra,dc=example,dc=org" by dn.exact="uid=admin,ou=managers,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org" manage 

But something seems to be wrong. When I run `ldapsearch -D uid=admin,ou=managers,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org -W -b ou=users,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org`, I get the following result:
# extended LDIF
# LDAPv3
# base <ou=users,ou=ftp,ou=services,dc=k9999,dc=z9999,dc=infra,dc=example,dc=org> with scope subtree
# filter: (objectclass=*)
# requesting: ALL

# search result
search: 2
result: 32 No such object

# numResponses: 1
command terminated with exit code 32

The object is actually available and `cn=admin,dc=example,dc=org` can see it without any difficulties, so it seems that my access rule is wrong. But what exactly it is?

It seems that the default rule #2 (`{2} to * by self read by dn="cn=admin,dc=example,dc=org" write by * none`) fires up earlier than the rule I added. Does that mean that I should always add my custom rules before it?

And why does this rule has `by * none`? Doesn't it contradict the OpenLDAP documentation? "The default access control policy is allow read by all clients" (

Thank you in advance.

With best regards,