Developer's Guide to Oracle Solaris Security

SASL Session Initialization

The server and client use establish the connection through the protocol. To use SASL for authentication, the server and client create SASL connection contexts by using sasl_server_new() and sasl_client_new() respectively. The SASL client and server can use sasl_setprop() to set properties that impose security restrictions on mechanisms. This approach enables a SASL consumer application to decide the minimum SSF, the maximum SSF, and the security properties for the specified SASL connection context.

#define SASL_SEC_NOPLAINTEXT            0x0001
#define SASL_SEC_NOACTIVE               0x0002
#define SASL_SEC_NODICTIONARY           0x0004
#define SASL_SEC_FORWARD_SECRECY        0x0008
#define SASL_SEC_NOANONYMOUS            0x0010
#define SASL_SEC_PASS_CREDENTIALS       0x0020
#define SASL_SEC_MUTUAL_AUTH            0x0040

Note –

Authentication and a security layer can be provided by the client-server protocol or by some other mechanism that is external to libsasl. In such a case, sasl_setprop() can be used to set the external authentication ID or the external SSF. For example, consider the case in which the protocol uses SSL with client authentication to the server. In this case, the external authentication identity can be the client's subject name. The external SSF can be the key size.

For the server, libsasl determines the available SASL mechanisms according to the security properties and the external SSF. The client obtains the available SASL mechanisms from the SASL server through the protocol.

For a SASL server to create a SASL connection context, the server should call sasl_server_new(). An existing SASL connection context that is no longer in use can be reused. However, the following parameters might need to be reset:

#define SASL_DEFUSERREALM 3     /* default realm passed to server_new or set with setprop */
#define SASL_IPLOCALPORT 8      /* iplocalport string passed to server_new */
#define SASL_IPREMOTEPORT 9     /* ipremoteport string passed to server_new */
#define SASL_SERVICE    12      /* service passed to sasl_*_new */
#define SASL_SERVERFQDN 13      /* serverFQDN passed to sasl_*_new */

You can modify any of the parameters to sasl_client_new() and sasl_server_new() except the callbacks and protocol flags.

The server and client can also establish security policy and set connection specific parameters by using sasl_setprop() to specify the following properties:

#define SASL_SSF_EXTERNAL 100 /* external SSF active (sasl_ssf_t *) */
#define SASL_SEC_PROPS 101 /* sasl_security_properties_t */
#define SASL_AUTH_EXTERNAL 102 /* external authentication ID (const char *)

The server can call sasl_listmech() to get a list of the available SASL mechanisms that satisfy the security policy. The client can generally get the list of available mechanisms from the server in a protocol-dependent way.

The initialization of a SASL session is illustrated in the following diagram. In this diagram and subsequent diagrams, data checks after transmission over the protocol have been omitted for the sake of simplicity.

Figure 7–3 SASL Session Initialization

Diagram shows the steps that a client and server go through
during SASL session initialization.