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INTERNET-DRAFT                                      Kurt D. Zeilenga
Intended Category: Standard Track                OpenLDAP Foundation
Expires: 20 December 2002                           20 December 2001

                        LDAP "Who am I?" Operation

Status of this Memo

  This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with all
  provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026.

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  This specification defines mechanism for Lightweight Directory Access
  Protocol (LDAP) clients to obtain the authorization identity which the
  server has associated with the user or application entity.  The
  mechanism is defined the LDAP "Who am I?" extended operation.

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  The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
  document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119].

1. Background and Intent of Use

  This specification describes an extended operation to obtain the
  authorization identity which an LDAP server has associated with the

  This specification offers an alternative approach to [AUTHCTL] which
  uses Bind request and response controls to request and return an
  authzId.  However, Bind controls are not protected by the security
  layers established by the Bind operation which they are transferred as
  part of.  An extended operation sent after a Bind operation is
  protected by the security layers established by the Bind operation.

  There are also cases where it is desirable to request the authzId
  which server associated with the client separately from the Bind
  operation.  In particular, the "Who am I?" extended operation can be
  augmented with a proxy authorization control [PROXYCTL] to determine
  the authzid to which the server associates with the identity asserted
  in the proxy control.  The "Who am I?" extended operation can also be
  used to determine the authorization identity associated with a proxy
  group [PROXYGRP].

  The LDAP "Who am I?" operation is named after the UNIX command of the
  same name.  The UNIX whoami(1) command displays the effective user id.

2. The "Who am I?" Operation

  The "Who am I?" operation is defined as a LDAPv3 Extended Operation
  [RFC2251, Section 4.12] identified by the whoamiOID Object Identifier
  (OID).  This section details the syntax of the operation's whoami
  request and response messages.

       whoamiOID ::= "T.B.D" ;; To be determined

2.1. The whoami Request

  The whoami request is an ExtendedRequest with the requestName field
  containing whoamiOID OID and a requestValue field is absent.

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2.2. The whoami Response

  The whoami response is an ExtendedResponse where the responseName is
  absent and the response field, if present, is empty or an authzId

3. Operational Semantics

  The function of the "Who am I?" operation is to request that the
  server return the authorization identity it currently associates with
  the client.

  The client requests this authorization identity by issuing a whoami
  Request.  The server responds to this request with an whoami Response.

  If the server is willing and able to provide the authorization
  identity it associates with the client, the server returns whoami
  Response with a success resultCode.  If the server is treating the
  client as an anonymous entity, the server response field SHALL be
  empty.  Otherwise the server SHALL provide the authzId [RFC2829]
  representing the authorization identity it currently associates with
  the client.

  If the server is unwilling or unable to provide the authorization
  identity it associates with the client, the server SHALL return an
  whoami Response with a non-success resultCode and an absent response

4. Extending the "Who am I?" operation with controls

  Future specifications MAY extend the "Who am I?" operation using the
  control mechanism.  When extended by control, the "Who am I?"
  operation returns the authorization identity associated to the client
  in a particular context as defined by the control's specification.

5. Security Considerations

  Identities associated with users may be sensitive information.  When
  so, security layers [RFC2829][RFC2830] SHOULD be established to
  protect this information.  This mechanism is specifically designed to
  allow security layers established by a Bind operation to protect the
  integrity and/or confidentiality of the authorization identity.

  As with any other extended operations, general LDAP considerations
  apply.  These are detailed in [RFC2251], [RFC2829], and [RFC2830].

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5. Acknowledgment

  This document borrows from prior work in this area including the
  "Authentication Response Control" [AUTHCTL] by Rob Weltman, Mark Smith
  and Mark Wahl.

6. Author's Address

  Kurt D. Zeilenga
  OpenLDAP Foundation

7. 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.

  [RFC2829]  M. Wahl, H. Alvestrand, J. Hodges, RL "Bob" Morgan,
             "Authentication Methods for LDAP", RFC 2829, June 2000.

  [RFC2830]  J. Hodges, R. Morgan, and M. Wahl, "Lightweight Directory
             Access Protocol (v3): Extension for Transport Layer
             Security", RFC 2830, May 2000.

  [PROXYCTL] R. Weltman, "LDAP Proxied Authentication Control", draft-
             weltman-ldapv3-proxy-xx.txt (a work in progress).

  [PROXYGRP] K. Zeilenga, "LDAP Proxy Group", draft-zeilenga-ldap-
             proxygrp-xx.txt (a work in progress).

8. Informative References

  [AUTHCTL]  R. Weltman, M. Smith, M. Wahl, "LDAP Authentication
             Response Control", draft-weltman-ldapv3-auth-response-
             xx.txt (a work in progress).

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