Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Deployment Planning Guide

Preventing Authentication by Using Global Account Lockout

In this version of Directory Server, authentication failures with a password are monitored and replicated. This enables rapid, global account lockout after a specified number of authentication attempts with an invalid password. Global account lockout is supported in any of the following cases:

Imagine a situation where all bind attempts are not directed to the same server, and the client application performs bind attempts on multiple servers faster than lockout data can be replicated. In the worst-case scenario, the client would be allowed the specified number of attempts on each server where the client attempted to bind. This situation would be unlikely if the client application were driven by input from a human user. However, an automated client built to attack a topology could exploit this deployment choice.

Prioritized replication can be used to minimize the impact of asynchronous replication latency on intrusion detection. However, you might require account lockout immediately after the specified number of failed bind attempts. In this situation, you must use Directory Proxy Server to route all bind attempts on a particular entry to the same master replica. For information about how to configure Directory Proxy Server to do this, see Operational Affinity Algorithm for Global Account Lockout in Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Reference.

To retain a strictly local lockout policy in a replicated topology, you must maintain compatibility with the 5.2 password policy. In this situation, the policy in effect must not be the default password policy. Local lockout can also be achieved by restricting binds to read-only consumers.

For detailed information about how global account lockout works, see Global Account Lockout in Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Reference.