krb5-sync 3.0

krb5-sync is the software we run at Stanford to synchronize principal information from a central Heimdal realm to Active Directory, allowing users to use either a Linux-based Kerberos environment or Active Directory with the same account and password.

The original intent of this release was to add a new feature to allow a subsidiary instance of an account in the MIT or Heimdal realm to be synchronized with the instance-less account in Active Directory. This allows, for example, an rra/windows instance to be used to set and maintain the password for an rra principal in Active Directory.

In the process of implementing that, though, I ended up doing a significant overall of the code, since the plugin architecture was quite awkward and dated. The code now uses the MIT Kerberos data structures in a more natural and native way, since MIT Kerberos has now added direct support for plugins of this sort. Kerberos contexts and Kerberos error codes are used uniformly throughout the plugin, which provides consistent and more robust error handling and reporting. I also significantly enhanced the test suite, although it still needs more work to test the core functionality that has complex external dependencies. This release also drops support for all versions of MIT Kerberos prior to 1.9, which required an external patch; to run krb5-sync 3.0, you should upgrade to a recent version of MIT Kerberos. This allowed me to drop support for the legacy API.

There are a couple of major backward-incompatible changes in this release (and both unfortunately are not handled automatically by the Debian package upgrade, since it's hard to find and safely modify KDC configuration). First, the ad_ldap_base configuration option is now mandatory when synchronizing account status and its meaning has changed. Previously, dc elements for the realm were appended to a provided partial base. Now, the complete DN of the root of the Active Directory tree should be provided. This is more flexible and more useful with a wider variety of Active Directory setups.

Second, I took advantage of the backward-incompatibilities to change the module name to from, since the latter sounded weirdly redundant and verbose when installed in the Kerberos plugin directory. This will require a configuration change to the plugin configuration for the KDC or kadmin server.

Also in this release are a couple of new options: ad_queue_only, which forces all changes to be queued for later processing instead of processed in real time, and syslog, which can be used to turn off the internal syslog logging of non-errors from the module. (This is mostly useful for test suites.)

Now, password changes are queued on any Active Directory failure, not just a few oddly-distinguished ones. The previous behavior was rather specific to Stanford's needs, and queuing all password changes shouldn't pose any problems.

Finally, the krb5-sync-backend utility program for manipulating the queued changes has been completely rewritten and is much cleaner. It now uses the Net::Remctl::Backend Perl module for command and option handling, so that module (provided with remctl 3.4 or later) must be installed. It also requires IPC::Run, which is available from CPAN. It uniformly supports a -d option to specify the queue location, and skips event files during processing that no longer exist.

You can get the latest release from krb5-sync distribution page.

Posted: 2013-12-09 23:29 — Why no comments?

Last spun 2013-12-16 from thread modified 2013-12-10