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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 2 (LDAPv2) to Historic Status (RFC3494)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011558D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-05
Document File: 6 page(s) / 9K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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K. Zeilenga: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document recommends the retirement of version 2 of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAPv2) and other dependent specifications, and discusses the reasons for doing so. This document recommends RFC 1777, 1778, 1779, 1781, and 2559 (as well as documents they superseded) be moved to Historic status.

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Network Working Group                                        K. Zeilenga

Request for Comments: 3494                           OpenLDAP Foundation

Obsoletes: 1484, 1485, 1487, 1488, 1777,                      March 2003

           1778, 1779, 1781, 2559

Category: Informational

        Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 2 (LDAPv2)

                           to Historic Status

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does

   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this

   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document recommends the retirement of version 2 of the

   Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAPv2) and other dependent

   specifications, and discusses the reasons for doing so.  This

   document recommends RFC 1777, 1778, 1779, 1781, and 2559 (as well as

   documents they superseded) be moved to Historic status.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, version 2

   LDAPv2 (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, version 2)

   [RFC1777][RFC1778][RFC1779] is an Internet Protocol used to access

   X.500-based directory services.  This document recommends that LDAPv2

   and other dependent specifications be retired.  Specifically, this

   document recommends RFC 1777, 1778, 1779, 1781, and 2559 (as well as

   documents they superseded) be moved to Historic status.  The reasons

   for taking this action are discussed below.

   LDAPv2 was published in 1995 as a Draft Standard.  Since its

   publication, a number of inadequacies in the specification have been

   discovered.  LDAPv3 [RFC3377] was published in 1997 as a Proposed

   Standard to resolve these inadequacies.  While LDAPv3 is currently

   being revised [LDAPbis], it is clearly technically superior to

   LDAPv2.

   The LDAPv2 specification is not generally adhered to; that is, an

   independently developed implementation of the specification would not

   interoperate with existing implementations, as existing

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   implementations use syntaxes and semantics different than those

   prescribed by the specification.  Below are two examples.

      1) Existing LDAPv2 implementations do not commonly restrict

         textual values to IA5 (ASCII) and T.61 (Teletex) as required by

         RFC 1777 and RFC 1778.  Some existing implementations use ISO

         8859-1, others use UCS-2, others use UTF-8, and some use the

         current local character set.

      2) RFC 1777 requires use of the textual string associated with

         Attribu...