Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Deployment Planning Guide

Anonymous Access

Anonymous access is the simplest form of directory access. Anonymous access makes data available to any directory user, regardless of whether the user has authenticated.

Anonymous access does not allow you to track who is performing searches or what kind searches are being performed, only that someone is performing searches. When you allow anonymous access, anyone who connects to your directory can access the data. If you allow anonymous access to data, and attempt to block a user or group from that data, the user can access the data by binding to the directory anonymously.

You can restrict the privileges of anonymous access. Usually, directory administrators allow anonymous access only for read, search, and compare privileges. You can also limit access to a subset of attributes that contain general information such as names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Do not allow anonymous access to sensitive data, such as government identification numbers, home telephone numbers and addresses, and salary information.

Anonymous access to the root DSE (base DN "") is required. Access to the root DSE enables applications to discover the capabilities of the server, the supported security mechanisms, and the supported suffixes.