Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Administration Guide

Using Roles Securely

To use roles securely, you must set access control instructions (ACIs) to protect appropriate attributes. For example, user A possesses the managed role, MR. Managed roles are equivalent to static groups, and explicitly assign a role to each member entry by adding the nsRoleDN attribute to the entry. The MR role has been locked using account inactivation through the command line. This means that user A cannot bind to the server because the nsAccountLock attribute is computed as “true” for that user. However, suppose the user was already bound and noticed that he is now locked through the MR role. If no ACI exists to prevent the user from having write access to the nsRoleDN attribute, the user can remove the nsRoleDN attribute from his own entry and unlock himself.

To prevent users from removing the nsRoleDN attribute, you must apply ACIs. With filtered roles, you must protect the part of the filter that would prevent the user from being able to relinquish the filtered role by modifying an attribute. Users should not be allowed to add, delete, or modify the attribute used by the filtered role. In the same way, if the value of the filter attribute is computed, all the attributes that can modify the value of the filter attribute need to be protected. As nested roles can contain filtered and managed roles, the preceding points should be considered for each of the roles that are contained in the nested role.

For detailed instructions on setting ACIs for security, see Chapter 6, Directory Server Access Control.