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Using Domains in LDAP/X.500 Distinguished Names (RFC2247)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002806D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 8 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Kille: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) uses X.500- compatible distinguished names [3] for providing unique identification of entries.

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Network Working Group S. Kille

Request for Comments: 2247 Isode Ltd.

Category: Standards Track M. Wahl

Critical Angle Inc.

A. Grimstad

AT&T

R. Huber

AT&T

S. Sataluri

AT&T

January 1998

Using Domains in LDAP/X.500 Distinguished Names

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

1. Abstract

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) uses X.500-

compatible distinguished names [3] for providing unique

identification of entries.

This document defines an algorithm by which a name registered with

the Internet Domain Name Service [2] can be represented as an LDAP

distinguished name.

2. Background

The Domain (Nameserver) System (DNS) provides a hierarchical resource

labeling system. A name is made up of an ordered set of components,

each of which are short strings. An example domain name with two

components would be "CRITICAL-ANGLE.COM".

LDAP-based directories provide a more general hierarchical naming

framework. A primary difference in specification of distinguished

names from domain names is that each component of an distinguished

name has an explicit attribute type indication.

X.500 does not mandate any particular naming structure. It does

contain suggested naming structures which are based on geographic and

national regions, however there is not currently an established

registration infrastructure in many regions which would be able to

assign or ensure uniqueness of names.

The mechanism described in this document automatically provides an

enterprise a distinguished name for each domain name it has obtained

for use in the Internet. These distinguished names may b...