On the IAC's user accessable Linux servers (Brems, web, Inca, backup) there is a need for centralized user authentication. With the addition of email users this need becomes critical. The proposed solution is to use OpenLDAP replicated across the mail servers for redundancy.
Administrative users will retain entries in the local /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files for troubleshooting access. All other users will exist in LDAP and will have individual server permissions.
Ideally email users can be accommodated without having local accounts. If this is not possible, the local shell can be set to disallow logins for security purposes.
Currently not planned, but possible once the setup has been proven. This would allow users to log into any machine using their username and login. Only a select few machines (data aquisition etc.) would retain generic iacuser access.
Debian LDAP VM
- Distinguished name of the search base:"dc=iac,dc=isu,dc=edu"
- LDAP version 3
- Priviledged account for libpam/libnss ldap: "cn=admin,dc=iac,dc=isu,dc=edu"
- Need to modify /etc/nsswitch.conf to use the "ldap" datasource. Example file /usr/share/doc/libnss-ldap/examples/nsswitch.ldap
The following /etc/nsswitch lines:
passwd: compat group: compat shadow: compat hosts: files dns netgroup: nis
will be changed to:
passwd: files ldap group: files ldap #shadow line removed (only needed for pre-nsswitch compat programs?) hosts: files dns ldap netgroup: files ldap
- Base DN: dc=iac, dc=isu, dc=edu
- Root DN: cn=Administrator, Append Base DN=true
- Default Policy Object DN: cn=Default Password Policy, Append Base DN=true
The rest of the schema was set up by the SUSE tools SUSE /etc/nsswitch.conf file has the following relevent lines:
passwd: compat group: files ldap services: files ldap #probably not needed netgroup: files ldap aliases: files ldap passwd_compat: ldap
The line "passwd: ldap" should be able to replace the 2 passwd lines as long as you're not using the "+" NIS notation in the /etc/passwd file?
- Requires ntp time syncronization between replication servers.
- Only works with OpenLDAP 2.4 (not available in current Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE repositories)
- Probably not needed with our very infrequent writes