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User Authentication for Informix under LDAP

Andy Townsley
Occasional Visitor

User Authentication for Informix under LDAP

I have been searching the forums for a way use LDAP with Informix 7.31. The problem has been stated and many users have said that they wrote a script using ldapsearch to export passwords out of LDAP to populate /etc/passwd.

Can someone please provide examples of how this script works and/or send me a copy of the script?

Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: User Authentication for Informix under LDAP

Not sure if this is particularly helpful but:

Passwords in /etc/passwd are not reverse encrytped. That means there is no way to reliably take the passwords there and turn them into a clear text password or translate them into an ldap databse.

Given enough time, the crack utility can crack the passwords but this is reliable less than 50% of the time.

You can set up Informix and your system to totally use LDAP authentication. Though there may be ways around this most people simply test the changed system, set the new LDAP password and assign the users a temporary password which they must change at next login.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Andy Townsley
Occasional Visitor

Re: User Authentication for Informix under LDAP

Thanks for the reply. Below is the thread that prompted me to ask for the script and/or help with developing it.

You mentioned that you can setup Informix and LDAPUX to use LDAP. How is this done? Sorry to be a pest.