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Network Working Group                                        M. Stroeder
Internet-Draft                                           January 7, 2013
Intended status: Informational
Expires: July 11, 2013


             Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP):
              Structural Object Classes for Named Objects
                     draft-stroeder-namedobject-01

Abstract

   This document defines structural object classes that can be used when
   no other structural object class seems suitable.  Especially the
   object classes will give the possibility to associate a common name
   and a free-form description with the object.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Object Class Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     2.1.  'namedObject' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     2.2.  'namedPolicy' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   3.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5






































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1.  Introduction

   Standards for LDAP directories often define additional schema
   elements, especially auxiliary object classes that are intended to
   hold various attributes needed by that standard.  When adding entries
   with such an auxiliary object class it is up to the directory
   operator to choose an appropriate structural object class required to
   add the entry.  Often the structural object classes used were defined
   for other purposes and thus seem too complex for this simple purpose.

   Inspired by unfinished [I-D.howard-namedobject] this document defines
   structural object classes, 'namedObject' and 'namedPolicy'.  Only
   attributes defined in [RFC4519] and [RFC4524] are used within these
   simple object classes.  Arbitrary auxiliary object classes may be
   thus associated with entries which have such a structural 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 [RFC2119].

   This document is being discussed on the ldapext@ietf.org mailing
   list.


2.  Object Class Definitions

   The object classes definitions in this section are using the
   attributes 'cn' and 'description' defined in [RFC4519] and
   'uniqueIdentifier' defined in [RFC4524].

   If the optional attribute 'uniqueIdentifier' contains a value it
   SHOULD be used to form the RDN of the entry.  Otherwise the
   mandantory attribute 'cn' SHOULD be used to form the RDN of the entry
   if there are no other appropriate naming attributes available.  Other
   attributes allowed by auxiliary classes also MAY be used for naming
   purposes.

   LDAP clients displaying a list of entries of these object classes
   SHOULD use mandantory attribute 'cn' to display select lists, hyper-
   links etc.

2.1.  'namedObject'

   The 'namedObject' object class definition is the basis of an entry
   that represents an arbitrary named object.  The attribute 'cn' MUST
   be added to the entry.  The attributes 'uniqueIdentifier' and
   'description' MAY be added to the entry.



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   ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.5427.1.389.6.20
     NAME 'namedObject'
     SUP top
     STRUCTURAL
     MUST cn
     MAY ( uniqueIdentifier $ description ) )

2.2.  'namedPolicy'

   The 'namedPolicy' object class definition is sub-classed from
   'namedObject'.  It SHOULD only be used for entries which represents
   an arbitrary policy.  A typical example would be to use it along with
   auxiliary object class 'pwdPolicy' defined in
   [I-D.behera-ldap-password-policy].

   The rationale for an extra structural object class is to have the
   possibility to associate a specific set of policy-related auxiliary
   object classes without having to restrict the more general
   'namedObject' class.

   ( 1.3.6.1.4.1.5427.1.389.6.21
     NAME 'namedPolicy'
     SUP namedObject
     STRUCTURAL )


3.  Acknowledgements

   The 'namedObject' object class definition in this document supersedes
   the specification of the 'namedObject' in [I-D.howard-namedobject] by
   L. Howard.


4.  IANA Considerations

   The OID arc used for the object class defintions is:
   iso(1) org(3) dod(6) internet(1) private(4) enter-prise(1)
   stroeder.com(5427) public(1) ldap(389) objectClasses(6)


5.  Security Considerations

   The introduction of these object classes does not impact the security
   of the Internet or a particular LDAP directory service.

   Security considerations for LDAP in general are discussed in
   documents comprising the technical specification [RFC4510].




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6.  References

6.1.  Normative References

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

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

   [RFC4519]  Sciberras, A., "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
              (LDAP): Schema for User Applications", RFC 4519,
              June 2006.

   [RFC4524]  Zeilenga, K., "COSINE LDAP/X.500 Schema", RFC 4524,
              June 2006.

6.2.  Informative References

   [I-D.behera-ldap-password-policy]
              Sermersheim, J., Poitou, L., and H. Chu, "Password Policy
              for LDAP Directories",
              draft-behera-ldap-password-policy-10 (work in progress),
              August 2009.

   [I-D.howard-namedobject]
              Howard, L., "A Structural Object Class for Arbitrary
              Auxiliary Object Classes", draft-howard-namedobject-00
              (work in progress), June 2002.


Author's Address

   Michael Stroeder
   Karlsruhe
   Germany

   Email: michael@stroeder.com
   URI:   http://www.stroeder.com











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