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INTERNET-DRAFT                                      Kurt D. Zeilenga
Intended Category: Standard Track                OpenLDAP Foundation
Expires in six months                                   30 June 2003



                   LDAP Absolute True and False Filters
                     <draft-zeilenga-ldap-t-f-06.txt>


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Abstract

  This document extends the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  to support absolute True and False filters based upon similar
  capabilities found in X.500 directory systems.  The document also
  extends the String Representation of LDAP Search Filters to support
  these filters.



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1.  Background and Intended Use

  The X.500 Directory Access Protocol (DAP) [X.511] supports absolute
  True and False assertions.  An 'and' filter with zero elements always
  evaluates to True.  An 'or' filter with zero elements always evaluates
  to False.  These filters are commonly used when requesting DSA-
  specific Entries (DSEs) which do not necessarily have 'objectClass'
  attributes.  That is, where "(objectClass=*)" may evaluate to False.

  While LDAPv2 [RFC1777][RFC3494] placed no restriction on the number of
  elements in 'and' and 'or' filter sets, the LDAPv2 string
  representation [RFC1960] could not represent empty 'and' and 'or'
  filter sets.  Due to this, absolute True or False filters were
  (unfortunately) eliminated from LDAPv3 [RFC3377].

  This documents extends LDAPv3 to support absolute True and False
  matches by allowing empty 'and' and 'or' in Search filters [RFC2251]
  and extends the filter string representation [RFC2254] to allow empty
  filter lists.

  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.  Absolute True and False Filters

  Implementations of this extension SHALL allow 'and' and 'or' choices
  with zero filter elements.

  An 'and' filter consisting of an empty set of filters SHALL evaluate
  to True.  This filter is represented by the string "(&)".

  An 'or' filter consisting of an empty set of filters SHALL evaluate to
  False.  This filter is represented by the string "(|)".

  Servers supporting this feature SHOULD publish the Object Identifier
  (OID) 1.3.6.1.4.1.4203.1.5.3 as a value of the supportedFeatures
  [FEATURES] attribute in the root DSE.

  Clients supporting this feature SHOULD NOT use the feature unless they
  have knowledge the server supports it.


3.  Security Considerations

  The (re)introduction of absolute True and False filters is not
  believed to raise any new security considerations.



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  Implementors of this (or any) LDAPv3 extension should be familiar with
  general LDAPv3 security considerations [RFC3377].


4.  IANA Considerations

  The OID 1.3.6.1.4.1.4203.1.5.3 identifies the feature described above.
  This OID was assigned [ASSIGN] by OpenLDAP Foundation, under its
  IANA-assigned private enterprise allocation [PRIVATE], for use in this
  specification.

  Registration of this feature is requested [FEATURES][RFC3383].

  Subject: Request for LDAP Protocol Mechanism Registration
  Object Identifier: 1.3.6.1.4.1.4203.1.5.3
  Description: T/F Filters
  Person & email address to contact for further information:
       Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@openldap.org>
  Usage: Feature
  Specification: RFC XXXX
  Author/Change Controller: IESG
  Comments: none


5.  Author's Address

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


6. Normative References

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

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

  [RFC2254]     Howes, T., "A String Representation of LDAP Search
                Filters", RFC 2254, December 1997.

  [RFC3377]     Hodges, J. and R. Morgan, "Lightweight Directory Access
                Protocol (v3): Technical Specification", RFC 3377,
                September 2002.

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



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7. Informative References

                [RFC1777]     Yeong, W., Howes, T., and S. Kille,
                "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol", RFC 1777, March
                1995.

  [RFC1960]     Howes, T., "A String Representation of LDAP Search
                Filters", RFC 1960, June 1996.

  [RFC3383]     Zeilenga, K., "IANA Considerations for LDAP", BCP 64
                (also RFC 3383), September 2002.

  [RFC3494]     Zeilenga, K., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
                version 2 (LDAPv2) to Historic Status", RFC 3494, March
                2003.

  [X.500]       International Telecommunication Union -
                Telecommunication Standardization Sector, "The Directory
                -- Overview of concepts, models and services,"
                X.500(1993) (also ISO/IEC 9594-1:1994).

  [X.501]       International Telecommunication Union -
                Telecommunication Standardization Sector, "The Directory
                -- Models," X.501(1993) (also ISO/IEC 9594-2:1994).

  [ASSIGN]      OpenLDAP Foundation, "OpenLDAP OID Delegations",
                http://www.openldap.org/foundation/oid-delegate.txt.

  [PRIVATE]     IANA, "Private Enterprise Numbers",
                http://www.iana.org/assignments/enterprise-numbers.



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