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INTERNET-DRAFT                                      Kurt D. Zeilenga
Intended Category: Informational                    OpenLDAP Foundation
Expires: 12 August 2002                             12 February 2002


              LDAPv3: Requesting Attributes by Object Class
                   <draft-zeilenga-ldap-adlist-00.txt>


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Abstract

  The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) search operation
  provides mechanisms for clients to request all user application
  attributes, all operational attributes, or attributes selected by
  their description.  This document extends LDAP to provide a mechanism
  for LDAP clients to request the return of all attributes of an object
  class.



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1.  Overview

  LDAP [RFC2251] search operations support mechanisms for requesting
  sets of attributes.  This set is determined by a list of attribute
  descriptions.  Two special descriptors are defined to request all user
  attributes ("*") and all operational attributes ("+").  However, there
  is no convenient mechanism for request pre-defined sets of attributes.
  This document extends LDAP to allow an object class identifier to
  specified in search request attributes list to request for the return
  all attributes allowed by object class.

  The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
  "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
  document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119].

2.  Return of all Attributes of an Object Class

  This extension allows object class identifiers to be provided in
  attributes field of the LDAP SearchRequest [RFC2251].  For each object
  class identified in the attributes field, the request is to be treated
  as if each attribute allowed by that class (by "MUST" or "MAY",
  directly or by SUPerior) was itself listed.  For example, a request
  for "country" [RFC2256] is treated as if "c", "searchGuide",
  "description", and "objectClass" were requested.

  As a special case, requesting extensibleObject [RFC2252] is treated as
  if "objectClass,*,+" was requested [RFC2251][OPATTRS].

  If the object class identifier is unrecognized, it is be treated an an
  unrecognized attribute description.

  This extension redefines the attributes field of the SearchRequest to
  be a DescriptionList described by the following [ASN.1]:

       DescriptionList ::= SEQUENCE OF Description
       Description ::= LDAPString

  The Description is string conforming to the [ABNF]:

       Description ::= AttributeDescription | ObjectClassDescription.
       ObjectDescription ::= ObjectClass *( ";" options )

  where AttributeDescription and options productions are as defined in
  Section 4.1.5 of [RFC2251] and an ObjectClass is an objectIdentifier,
  numericoid or descr form [RFC 2252], of an object class.

  ObjectDescription options are provided extensibility.  This document
  only defines semantics of ObjectDescriptions with zero options in



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  attributes field of a SearchRequest.  Other uses may be defined in
  future specifications.

  Servers supporting this feature SHOULD publish the Object Identifier
  1.3.6.1.4.1.4203.1.5.2 as a value of supportedFeatures [FEATURES]
  attribute in the root DSE.


3.  Security Considerations

  This extension provides a shorthand for requesting all attributes of
  an object class.  As these attributes which could have been listed
  individually. it is not believed to extension raises additional
  security considerations.

  Implementors of this (or any) LDAP extension should be familiar with
  general LDAP general security considerations [LDAPTS].


4.  Author's Address

  Kurt D. Zeilenga
  OpenLDAP Foundation
  <Kurt@OpenLDAP.org>


5. Normative References

  [RFC2119]  S. Bradner, "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
             Requirement Levels", BCP 14 (also RFC 2119), March 1997.

  [RFC2251]  M. Wahl, T. Howes, S. Kille, "Lightweight Directory Access
             Protocol (v3)", RFC 2251, December 1997.

  [RFC2252]  M. Wahl, A. Coulbeck, T. Howes, S. Kille, "Lightweight
             Directory Access Protocol (v3):  Attribute Syntax
             Definitions", RFC 2252, December 1997.

  [LDAPTS]   J. Hodges, R. Morgan, "Lightweight Directory Access
             Protocol (v3): Technical Specification",
             draft-ietf-ldapbis-ldapv3-ts-xx.txt (a work in progress).

  [FEATURES] K. Zeilenga, "Feature Discovery in LDAP",
             draft-zeilenga-ldap-features-xx.txt (a work in progress).

  [OPATTRS]  K. Zeilenga, "LDAPv3: All Operational Attributes",
             draft-zeilenga-ldap-opattrs-xx.txt (a work in progress).




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6. Informative References

  [RFC2256]  Wahl, M., "A Summary of the X.500(96) User Schema for use
             with LDAPv3", RFC 2256, December 1997.

  [X.500]    ITU-T Rec. X.500, "The Directory: Overview of Concepts,
             Models and Service", 1993.

  [X.511]    ITU-T Rec. X.511, "The Directory: Abstract Service
             Definition", 1993.


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