Re: Net::LDAP 0.0.4 released

in comments, suggestions, feature requests, and patches. An
even bigger thank-you to the folks who have made themselves
available to help with testing.

Net::LDAP has been quite stable for several months now, so we
bumped the development status of the library up to Beta. We
will still be adding features and API improvements, but you
can assume that the current APIs and features will remain stable.

We’ve noticed that the Rails list gets regular chatter about
authentication and authorization.

I originally posted this on your forum page but I’ll post it here in
case others find it useful.

I do two things with ldap - validation (does the user exist?) and
authentication (is this user/password combo correct?). For validation
(e.g. an admin adding a new user to the app) I use a command like this
(on Unix, add -x):

ldapsearch -h -LLL -b ou=People, uid=djberge

If ‘djberge’ is found, a record is returned. If not, nothing is

For authentication (i.e. logging into the app) I use a command like this
(again, add -x on Unix):

ldapsearch -h -LLL -D uid=djberge,ou=People, -b
ou=People, -w my_pass uid=djberge

That returns a record if the user/password is legit or spews to stderr
if it’s invalid.

Can this be done with net-ldap?



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On 8/15/06, Berger, Daniel [email protected] wrote:

Can this be done with net-ldap?
Get version 0.0.4 and read the Rdoc for Net::LDAP#bind_as . It should do
what you’re looking for. But one question: looking at your sample code,
your first query binds anonymously. Is that permitted on your LDAP
(Evidently it is, otherwise it wouldn’t work for you!) I’m not sure
Net::LDAP will handle an anonymous bind, because I don’t have any
directories that permit one. So you could try this code (which will bind
anonymously to query the person record):

require ‘net/ldap’
ldap = = “

rs = ldap.bind_as(
:base => "ou=People,,
:filter => “(uid=djberge)”,
:password => “my_pass”

if rs

you’re in


you’re not


Does this work for you?

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