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# 1  
Old 10-26-2015
AIX LDAP client authenticate against Linux Openldap server over TLS/SSL

Hi folks,

How can i configure an AIX LDAP client to authenticate against an Linux Openldap server over TLS/SSL?

It works like a charm without TLS/SSL.

i would like to have SSL encrypted communication for ldap (secldapclntd) and ldapsearch etc. while accepting every kind of certificate/CA.

Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 10-26-2015
What exactly the problem is? I neved did it with OpenLDAP, but did it with IBM Tivoli Directory Server and don't remember any problems with SSL.

On AIX side you must install crypto packages for LDAP and GSKit. Then you create a key file:
gsk7cmd -keydb -create -db /path/to/key.kdb -pw SOMEPASSWORD

and add your server certificate to the file:
gsk7cmd -cert -add -db /path/to/key.kdb -pw SOMEPASSWORD -label CertName -file /path/to/certificate.der -format binary

# 3  
Old 10-26-2015
There are also extra filesets (client) if I recall correctly - for the SSL support.
No time to look into this this week - but if a hard answer stays outstanding I shall research in more detail.

Which client version, e.g., 6.2, 6.3, 6.3.1?
# 4  
Old 10-26-2015
From my Openldap server (Suse12) I have generated 3 files (.key, .csr, .crt.) with openssl command, files that i copy to the linux clients side. Then, i just need configure the /etc/ldap.conf file. No more.

Can i use the same 3 files from my OpenLDAP server (.key, .csr, .crt.) and put them on the AIX clients side?

---------- Post updated at 05:51 PM ---------- Previous update was at 04:51 PM ----------

Hi MichaelFelt,

oslevel of my AIX clients:

Like says agent.kgb, the filesets are:


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# 5  
Old 10-27-2015
Read this article about GSKit - Managing certificates with IBM GSKit

You have to convert your OpenSSL certificate to some format, which GSKit understands.

openssl pkcs12 -export -in -inkey -out -name "CA signed"

gsk8capicmd -cert -import -db -pw abc -target server.kdb

# 6  
Old 10-27-2015
The final command after creating the key.db and importing the ldap-server certificate should be:
mksecldap -c \
          -h <ldap-server>,<ldap-server-backup> \
          -a <admin-dn> \
          -p <admin-password> \
          -d <base-dn> \
          -M OS \
          -D LDAP \
          -A ldap_auth \
          -n 636 \
          -k </path/to/key.kdb> \
          -w <SOMEPASSWRD>

# 7  
Old 10-29-2015
I worked on a set of scripts to automate, read simplify, the installation of idsldap63 (i.e., version 6.3, NOT 6.3.1) filesets.

I never tested them with idsldap version 6.2 but I expect they should work.

FYI: version 6.3.0.X is the version that was supplied with AIX 7.1 on the initial expansion disk. About two years ago idsldap was moved to the IBM Security group (from Tivoli) and they started a new numbering scheme, and naming scheme. I was not able to get my scripts to work with the "Try and Buy" version they posted - then.

Anyway, if you want to look at my scripts you wil need to "install" them. They include some scripts for generating keys for a client (as well as for a server).

See idsldap - AIXTOOLS for more info.

Not promising anything - but I hope it helps!

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