Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.1 Deployment Planning Guide

Simple Password Authentication Over a Secure Connection

A secure connection uses encryption to make data unreadable to third parties while the data is sent over the network between Directory Server and its clients. Clients can establish secure connections in either of the following ways:

In either case, the server must have a security certificate, and the client must be configured to trust this certificate. The server sends its certificate to the client to perform server authentication, using public-key cryptography. This results in the client knowing that it is connected to the intended server and that the server is not being tampered with.

Then, for privacy, the client and server encrypt all data transmitted through the connection. The client sends the bind DN and password on the encrypted connection to authenticate the user. All further operations are performed with the identity of the user. The operations might also be performed with a proxy identity if the bind DN has proxy rights to other user identities. In all cases, the results of operations are encrypted when these results are returned to the client.