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Apache Authentication and Authorization Using LDAP

Nov 01, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keith Winston)

"Network administrators frequently use the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to implement a centralized directory server. You can use LDAP to authenticate users in Apache. Two popular open source LDAP solutions are OpenLDAP and Red Hat Directory Server. According to the Apache documentation, Novell LDAP and iPlanet Directory Server are also supported. This article focuses on OpenLDAP, but the concepts and examples should be applicable to the others.

"LDAP was designed as a simplified version of the ITU-T X.500 directory specification. The default set of schemas contain all of the information you would find in traditional Linux system files such as /etc/passwd and /etc/group, or Sun's Network Information System..."

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