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PROPOSED STANDARD

Network Working Group                                        K. Zeilenga
Request for Comments: 4527                           OpenLDAP Foundation
Category: Standards Track                                      June 2006


              Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
                          Read Entry Controls


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 (2006).

Abstract

   This document specifies an extension to the Lightweight Directory
   Access Protocol (LDAP) to allow the client to read the target entry
   of an update operation.  The client may request to read the entry
   before and/or after the modifications are applied.  These reads are
   done as an atomic part of the update operation.

Table of Contents

   1. Background and Intent of Use ....................................2
   2. Terminology .....................................................2
   3. Read Entry Controls .............................................3
      3.1. The Pre-Read Controls ......................................3
      3.2. The Post-Read Controls .....................................3
   4. Interaction with Other Controls .................................4
   5. Security Considerations .........................................4
   6. IANA Considerations .............................................5
      6.1. Object Identifier ..........................................5
      6.2. LDAP Protocol Mechanisms ...................................5
   7. Acknowledgement .................................................5
   8. References ......................................................6
      8.1. Normative References .......................................6
      8.2. Informative References .....................................7






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1.  Background and Intent of Use

   This document specifies an extension to the Lightweight Directory
   Access Protocol (LDAP) [RFC4510] to allow the client to read the
   target entry of an update operation (e.g., Add, Delete, Modify,
   ModifyDN).  The extension utilizes controls [RFC4511] attached to
   update requests to request and return copies of the target entry.
   One request control, called the Pre-Read request control, indicates
   that a copy of the entry before application of update is to be
   returned.  Another control, called the Post-Read request control,
   indicates that a copy of the entry after application of the update is
   to be returned.  Each request control has a corresponding response
   control used to return the entry.

   To ensure proper isolation, the controls are processed as an atomic
   part of the update operation.

   The functionality offered by these controls is based upon similar
   functionality in the X.500 Directory Access Protocol (DAP) [X.511].

   The Pre-Read controls may be used to obtain replaced or deleted
   values of modified attributes or a copy of the entry being deleted.

   The Post-Read controls may be used to obtain values of operational
   attributes, such as the 'entryUUID' [RFC4530] and 'modifyTimestamp'
   [RFC4512] attributes, updated by the server as part of the update
   operation.

2. Terminology

   Protocol elements are described using ASN.1 [X.680] with implicit
   tags.  The term "BER-encoded" means the element is to be encoded
   using the Basic Encoding Rules [X.690] under the restrictions
   detailed in Section 5.1 of [RFC4511].

   DN stands for Distinguished Name.
   DSA stands for Directory System Agent (i.e., a directory server).
   DSE stands for DSA-specific Entry.

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








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3.  Read Entry Controls

3.1.  The Pre-Read Controls

   The Pre-Read request and response controls are identified by the
   1.3.6.1.1.13.1 object identifier.  Servers implementing these
   controls SHOULD publish 1.3.6.1.1.13.1 as a value of the
   'supportedControl' [RFC4512] in their root DSE.

   The Pre-Read request control is a LDAP Control [RFC4511] whose
   controlType is 1.3.6.1.1.13.1 and whose controlValue is a BER-encoded
   AttributeSelection [RFC4511], as extended by [RFC3673].  The
   criticality may be TRUE or FALSE.  This control is appropriate for
   the modifyRequest, delRequest, and modDNRequest LDAP messages.

   The corresponding response control is a LDAP Control whose
   controlType is 1.3.6.1.1.13.1 and whose the controlValue, an OCTET
   STRING, contains a BER-encoded SearchResultEntry.  The criticality
   may be TRUE or FALSE.  This control is appropriate for the
   modifyResponse, delResponse, and modDNResponse LDAP messages with a
   resultCode of success (0).

   When the request control is attached to an appropriate update LDAP
   request, the control requests the return of a copy of the target
   entry prior to the application of the update.  The AttributeSelection
   indicates, as discussed in [RFC4511][RFC3673], which attributes are
   requested to appear in the copy.  The server is to return a
   SearchResultEntry containing, subject to access controls and other
   constraints, values of the requested attributes.

   The normal processing of the update operation and the processing of
   this control MUST be performed as one atomic action isolated from
   other update operations.

   If the update operation fails (in either normal or control
   processing), no Pre-Read response control is provided.

3.2.  The Post-Read Controls

   The Post-Read request and response controls are identified by the
   1.3.6.1.1.13.2 object identifier.  Servers implementing these
   controls SHOULD publish 1.3.6.1.1.13.2 as a value of the
   'supportedControl' [RFC4512] in their root DSE.

   The Post-Read request control is a LDAP Control [RFC4511] whose
   controlType is 1.3.6.1.1.13.2 and whose controlValue, an OCTET
   STRING, contains a BER-encoded AttributeSelection [RFC4511], as
   extended by [RFC3673].  The criticality may be TRUE or FALSE.  This



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   control is appropriate for the addRequest, modifyRequest, and
   modDNRequest LDAP messages.

   The corresponding response control is a LDAP Control whose
   controlType is 1.3.6.1.1.13.2 and whose controlValue is a BER-encoded
   SearchResultEntry.  The criticality may be TRUE or FALSE.  This
   control is appropriate for the addResponse, modifyResponse, and
   modDNResponse LDAP messages with a resultCode of success (0).

   When the request control is attached to an appropriate update LDAP
   request, the control requests the return of a copy of the target
   entry after the application of the update.  The AttributeSelection
   indicates, as discussed in [RFC4511][RFC3673], which attributes are
   requested to appear in the copy.  The server is to return a
   SearchResultEntry containing, subject to access controls and other
   constraints, values of the requested attributes.

   The normal processing of the update operation and the processing of
   this control MUST be performed as one atomic action isolated from
   other update operations.

   If the update operation fails (in either normal or control
   processing), no Post-Read response control is provided.

4.  Interaction with Other Controls

   The Pre-Read and Post-Read controls may be combined with each other
   and/or with a variety of other controls.  When combined with the
   assertion control [RFC4528] and/or the manageDsaIT control [RFC3296],
   the semantics of each control included in the combination applies.
   The Pre-Read and Post-Read controls may be combined with other
   controls as detailed in other technical specifications.

5.  Security Considerations

   The controls defined in this document extend update operations to
   support read capabilities.  Servers MUST ensure that the client is
   authorized for reading of the information provided in this control
   and that the client is authorized to perform the requested directory
   update.

   Security considerations for the update operations [RFC4511] extended
   by this control, as well as general LDAP security considerations
   [RFC4510], generally apply to implementation and use of this
   extension






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6.  IANA Considerations

   Registration of the following protocol values [RFC4520] have been
   completed by the IANA.

6.1.  Object Identifier

   The IANA has registered an LDAP Object Identifier to identify LDAP
   protocol elements defined in this document.

       Subject: Request for LDAP Object Identifier Registration
       Person & email address to contact for further information:
            Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@OpenLDAP.org>
       Specification: RFC 4527
       Author/Change Controller: IESG
       Comments: Identifies the LDAP Read Entry Controls

6.2.  LDAP Protocol Mechanisms

   The IANA has registered the LDAP Protocol Mechanism described in this
   document.

       Subject: Request for LDAP Protocol Mechanism Registration
       Object Identifier: 1.3.6.1.1.13.1
       Description: LDAP Pre-read Control
       Person & email address to contact for further information:
            Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@openldap.org>
       Usage: Control
       Specification: RFC 4527
       Author/Change Controller: IESG
       Comments: none

       Subject: Request for LDAP Protocol Mechanism Registration
       Object Identifier: 1.3.6.1.1.13.2
       Description: LDAP Post-read Control
       Person & email address to contact for further information:
            Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@openldap.org>
       Usage: Control
       Specification: RFC 4527
       Author/Change Controller: IESG
       Comments: none

7.  Acknowledgement

   The LDAP Pre-Read and Post-Read controls are modeled after similar
   capabilities offered in the DAP [X.511].





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8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

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

   [RFC3296]     Zeilenga, K., "Named Subordinate References in
                 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
                 Directories", RFC 3296, July 2002.

   [RFC3673]     Zeilenga, K., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
                 version 3 (LDAPv3): All Operational Attributes", RFC
                 3673, December 2003.

   [RFC4510]     Zeilenga, K., Ed, "Lightweight Directory Access
                 Protocol (LDAP): Technical Specification Road Map", RFC
                 4510, June 2006.

   [RFC4511]     Sermersheim, J., Ed., "Lightweight Directory Access
                 Protocol (LDAP): The Protocol", RFC 4511, June 2006.

   [RFC4512]     Zeilenga, K., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
                 (LDAP): Directory Information Models", RFC 4512, June
                 2006.

   [RFC4528]     Zeilenga, K., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
                 (LDAP) Assertion Control", RFC 4528, June 2006.

   [X.680]       International Telecommunication Union -
                 Telecommunication Standardization Sector, "Abstract
                 Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) - Specification of Basic
                 Notation", X.680(1997) (also ISO/IEC 8824-1:1998).

   [X.690]       International Telecommunication Union -
                 Telecommunication Standardization Sector,
                 "Specification of ASN.1 encoding rules: Basic Encoding
                 Rules (BER), Canonical Encoding Rules (CER), and
                 Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER)", X.690(1997) (also
                 ISO/IEC 8825-1:1998).











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8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC4520]     Zeilenga, K., "Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
                 (IANA) Considerations for the Lightweight Directory
                 Access Protocol (LDAP)", BCP 64, RFC 4520, June 2006.

   [RFC4530]     Zeilenga, K., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
                 (LDAP) EntryUUID Operational Attribute", RFC 4530, June
                 2006.

   [X.511]       International Telecommunication Union -
                 Telecommunication Standardization Sector, "The
                 Directory: Abstract Service Definition", X.511(1993)
                 (also ISO/IEC 9594-3:1993).

Author's Address

   Kurt D. Zeilenga
   OpenLDAP Foundation

   EMail: Kurt@OpenLDAP.org






























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