On Thu, 06 Nov 2014, thierry bordaz wrote:
On 11/06/2014 12:35 PM, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
On Thu, 06 Nov 2014, thierry bordaz wrote:
On 11/05/2014 09:14 PM, Nathaniel McCallum wrote:
Before this patch users could log in using only the OTP value. This
arose because ipapwd_authentication() successfully determined that
an empty password was invalid, but 389 itself would see this as an
anonymous bind. An anonymous bind would never even get this far in
this code, so we simply deny requests with empty passwords.

This patch resolves CVE-2014-7828.


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Hello Nathaniel,

 With the DS flag 'nsslapd-allow-unauthenticated-binds', customer
 have the ability to allows unauthenticated binds and connections.
 With the fix, a ldapclient bind containing only OTP part will fail
 even if the flag was set.
By definition of nsslapd-allow-unauthenticated-binds, it requires a BIND
with name but no password. Specifying OTP value will make password
non-empty and thus failing unauthenticated bind request definition.

Hello Alexander,

  I agree that regarding the RFC, there is unauthenticated bind when
  the password is empty. The question is when the test of empty
  password should be done.
  On DS implementation, the toggle
  ('nsslapd-allow-unauthenticated-binds') is enforced in frontend when
  the password is untouched (and so not empty).
  Later in backend bind, the password has been stripped from its OTP
  part and being now emptied the backend considere the connection to
  be anonymous authorized. Should DS also enforce the toggle at
  backend level ?

  In that sense that means that the fix (test of password len to
  reject the bind) could/should rather be done in DS backend than in
  the preop plugin.
IPA preop plugin has to check for the empty password because we update
token-related information and user's Kerberos attributes even in case
password failed as we need to keep track of the used token values and authentication failures.

Thus, I think, the check in the preop plugin is still needed.
/ Alexander Bokovoy

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