On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:13:38AM +0200, Sumit Bose wrote:
> Hi,
> I have started to write a design page for 'Migrating existing
> environments to Trust'
> http://www.freeipa.org/page/V3/Migrating_existing_environments_to_Trust
> It shall cover https://fedorahosted.org/freeipa/ticket/3318 and
> https://fedorahosted.org/freeipa/ticket/3979 .

while working on a new version of the page with more details on design
and implementation I came across the following problem. On the IPA
server there should be a way for SSSD to deliver unmodified data (no
view applied) or views other than the one for the IPA server to
processes which delivers user and group data to other clients. This are
mainly the extdom and the compat plugin of dirsrv.

The two currently use standard glibc calls like getpwnam_r() to get the
needed data from SSSD. While they can read the view objects form the
LDAP tree there is no way to read the original data for users from
trusted domains because it is only in the cache of SSSD.

I'm looking for a way to allow SSSD to deliver the data without changing
the protocol used by the NSS responder.

One way I can think of is to use a new socket like
/var/lib/sss/pipes/nss_noview and create a small library for the extdom
and compat plugin to use the new socket. With this the plugin have to
apply the views on their own if needed.

Another way would be a new command for the NSS responder with two
arguments, the view name (or empty for unmodified data) and a blob which
contains the data for the corresponding request like e.g. getpwnam_r() or
getgrgid_r(). Here the plugins have to use some new calls but all view
processing can happen in sssd and the plugins can deliver the data

A drawback in both cases is that the memcache cannot be used.

If someone has suggestions for SSSD or other ways how to deliver user
and group data to client with other views than the IPA server I'm all


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