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The LDAP URL Format (RFC2255)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 8 page(s) / 19K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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T. Howes: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

LDAP is the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, defined in [1], [2] and [3]. This document describes a format for an LDAP Uniform Resource Locator. The format describes an LDAP search operation to perform to retrieve information from an LDAP directory. This document replaces RFC 1959. It updates the LDAP URL format for version 3 of LDAP and clarifies how LDAP URLs are resolved. This document also defines an extension mechanism for LDAP URLs, so that future documents can extend their functionality, for example, to provide access to new LDAPv3 extensions as they are defined.

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Network Working Group T. Howes

Request for Comments: 2255 M. Smith

Category: Standards Track Netscape Communications Corp.

December 1997

The LDAP URL Format

1. 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 (1997). All Rights Reserved.

IESG NOTE

This document describes a directory access protocol that provides

both read and update access. Update access requires secure

authentication, but this document does not mandate implementation of

any satisfactory authentication mechanisms.

In accordance with RFC 2026, section 4.4.1, this specification is

being approved by IESG as a Proposed Standard despite this

limitation, for the following reasons:

a. to encourage implementation and interoperability testing of

these protocols (with or without update access) before they

are deployed, and

b. to encourage deployment and use of these protocols in read-only

applications. (e.g. applications where LDAPv3 is used as

a query language for directories which are updated by some

secure mechanism other than LDAP), and

c. to avoid delaying the advancement and deployment of other Internet

standards-track protocols which require the ability to query, but

not update, LDAPv3 directory servers.

Readers are hereby warned that until mandatory authentication

mechanisms are standardized, clients and servers written according to

this specification which make use of update functionality are

UNLIKELY TO INTEROPERATE, or MAY INTEROPERATE ONLY IF AUTHENTICATION

IS REDUCED TO AN UNACCEPTABLY WEAK LEVEL.

Implementors are hereby discouraged from deploying LDAPv3 clients or

servers which implement the update functionality, until a Proposed

Standard for mandatory authentication in LDAPv3 has been approved and

published as an RFC.

2. Abstract

LDAP is the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, defined in [1],

[2] and [3]. This document describes a format for an LDAP Uniform

Resource Locator. The format describes an LDAP search operation to

perform to retrieve information from an LDAP directory. This document

replaces RFC 1959. It updates the LDAP URL format for version 3 of

LDAP and clarifies how LDAP URLs are resolved. This document also

defines an extension mechanism for LDAP URLs, so that future

documents can extend their functionality, for example, to provide

access to new LDAPv3 extensions as they are defined.

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