Remote AD/LDAP authentication with SASL

The SASL protocol is used to delegate password validation to a remote Active Directory or LDAP. This is particularly handy when you already have an AD or LDAP instance and your users should authenticate against it.


sudo apt-get install sasl2-bin

Check that ldap is in the sasl's list of supported services:

saslauthd -v

SASL Configuration

Edit the /etc/default/saslauthd file:


Also the /etc/saslauthd.conf file:

ldap_servers: ldap://<AD_server_IP>
ldap_search_base: dc=myorganisation,dc=org
ldap_timeout: 10
ldap_filter: sAMAccountName=%U
ldap_bind_dn: cn=admin,dc=myorganisation,dc=org
ldap_password: <AD_admin_password>
ldap_deref: never
ldap_restart: yes
ldap_scope: sub
ldap_use_sasl: no
ldap_start_tls: no
ldap_version: 3
ldap_auth_method: bind

... in which: * ldap_servers is the Active Directory server IP * ldap_search_base is your AD's search base * ldap_filter is the filter that is used to link geOrchestra accounts to those coming from your AD * ldap_bind_dn is the user dn that will be used to connect to your remote AD

Finally, restart the SASL service:

service saslauthd restart

At this stage, it is possible to test whether SASL operates fine, by attempting a connection with an AD user:

testsaslauthd -u <AD_user> -p <password>

LDAP Configuration

Instruct LDAP to use SASL:

ldapmodify -Q -Y EXTERNAL -H ldapi:/// <<EOF
dn: cn=config
changetype: modify
add: olcSaslHost
olcSaslHost: localhost

ldapmodify -Q -Y EXTERNAL -H ldapi:/// <<EOF
dn: cn=config
changetype: modify
add: olcSaslSecProps
olcSaslSecProps: none

Create the /etc/ldap/sasl2/slapd.conf file (if it doesn't exist) and fill it with:

pwcheck_method: saslauthd
saslauthd_path: /var/run/saslauthd/mux

Add the ldap user to the sasl group:

adduser openldap sasl

Please note that as soon as the /etc/ldap/sasl2/slapd.conf file is created, the "-Y EXTERNAL" ldapmodify option no longer works. One would have to rename this file during the operation (eg /etc/ldap/sasl2/slapd.conf.stop).

Finally, when importing AD users into the geOrchestra LDAP, and for each user whose password must be validated by the remote Active Directory, fill the password field with: