Bug 49568 - Apache mod_authnz_ldap built with the MS LDAPSDK does not handle multi-byte DNs
Summary: Apache mod_authnz_ldap built with the MS LDAPSDK does not handle multi-byte DNs
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_authz_ldap (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.15
Hardware: PC Windows Server 2003
: P2 major (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-07-07 15:27 UTC by Andy Wang
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:08 UTC (History)
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ldif file containing user that doesn't work. Password for the user is the string: two (146 bytes, text/x-ldif)
2010-07-07 15:27 UTC, Andy Wang

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Description Andy Wang 2010-07-07 15:27:57 UTC
Created attachment 25729 [details]
ldif file containing user that doesn't work.  Password for the user is the string: two

If a user's DN contains a multi-byte character, auth_ldap will not authenticate the user because the multi-byte characters returned by the searchRequest will be converted to ?'s when attempting to bind.

For example a user with the following dn:
cn=t[UTF-8: 0xE6 0x88 0x91], ou=people

UTF-8: 0xE6 0x88 0x91 is the utf-8 character for the chinese word for me.

Will not work because the bind request will be for

See this mailing list thread with a discussion on this:

Attached is an ldif file containing the dn I used.
Comment 1 Andy Wang 2010-07-09 16:33:20 UTC
I was able to get this to work by setting the system locale on the windows server to one that has a codepage mapping for the multi-byte character.

I still don't understand exactly how Windows handles UTF-8 codepage enough to explain why this works, but it does appear that if multiple languages are necessary in LDAP DNs that are not all represented within a Windows language, then this method of setting the system locale will probably not work.

From William Rowe on the apache-dev mailing list:

I'd presume there are ldap_funcW() equivalents which accept unicode (trivial
conversion from utf8) which could be leveraged on win32, but there is noone
right now who is really focused on improving the msldap32 compatibility.
Comment 2 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:08:30 UTC
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