Critical Fixes

This release of the Directory Proxy Server addresses critical issues from earlier versions. Update all affected servers appropriately.

  • Fixed two issues in which the server could have exposed some clear-text passwords in files on the server filesystem.

    * When creating an encrypted backup of the alarms, alerts, configuration, encryption settings, schema, tasks, or trust store backends, the password used to generate the encryption key (which may have been obtained from an encryption settings definition) could have been inadvertently written into the backup descriptor. This problem does not affect local DB backends (like userRoot), the LDAP changelog backend, or the replication database.

    * When running certain command-line tools with an argument instructing the tool to read a password from a file, the password contained in that file could have been written into the server's tool invocation log instead of the path to that file. Affected tools include backup, create-initial-config, create-initial-proxy-config, dsreplication, enter-lockdown-mode, export-ldif, import-ldif, ldappasswordmodify, leave-lockdown-mode, manage-tasks, manage-topology, migrate-ldap-schema, parallel-update, prepare-endpoint-server, prepare-external-server, realtime-sync, rebuild-index, re-encode-entries, reload-http-connection-handler-certificates, reload-index, remove-defunct-server, restore, rotate-log, and stop-server. Other tools are not affected. Also note that this only includes passwords contained in files that were provided as command-line arguments; passwords included in the file, or in a file referenced from, would not have been exposed.

    In each of these cases, the files would have been written with permissions that make their contents only accessible to the system account used to run the server. Further, while administrative passwords may have been exposed in the tool invocation log, neither the passwords for regular users, nor any other data from their entries, should have been affected. We have introduced new automated tests to help ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.

    We recommend changing any administrative passwords you fear may have been compromised as a result of this issue. If you are concerned that the passphrase for an encryption settings definition may have been exposed, then we recommend creating a new encryption settings definition that is preferred for all subsequent encryption operations, exporting your data to LDIF, and re-importing so that it will be encrypted with the new key. You also may wish to re-encrypt or destroy any existing backups, LDIF exports, or other data encrypted with a compromised key, and you may wish to sanitize or destroy any existing tool invocation log files that may contain clear-text passwords.

    • Fixed in:
    • Introduced in:
    • Support identifiers: DS-38897 DS-38908
  • The server can now detect an "out of file handles" situation on the operating system, and shut down to prevent running in an unreliable state.

    • Fixed in:
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    • Support identifiers: DS-12579 SF#2655
  • Disabled support for SSLv3 by default in the LDAP, HTTP, and JMX connection handlers, and for replication communication. The recently-discovered POODLE vulnerability could potentially allow a network attacker to determine the plaintext behind an SSLv3-encrypted session, which would effectively negate the primary benefit of the encryption.

    SSLv3 was initially defined in 1996, but was supplanted by the release of the TLSv1 definition in 1999 (and subsequently by TLSv1.1 in 2006 and TLSv1.2 in 2008). These newer TLS protocols are not susceptible to the POODLE vulnerability, and the server has supported them (and preferred them over SSLv3) for many years. The act of disabling SSLv3 by default should not have any adverse effect on clients that support any of the newer TLS protocols. However, if there are any legacy client applications that attempt to communicate securely but do not support the newer TLS protocols, they should be updated to support the newer protocols. In the event that there are known clients that do not support any security protocol newer than SSLv3 and that cannot be immediately updated to support a newer protocol, SSLv3 support can be re-enabled using the newly-introduced allowed-insecure-tls-protocol global configuration property. However, since communication using SSLv3 can no longer be considered secure, it is strongly recommended that every effort be made to update all known clients still using SSLv3.

    It is possible to use the server access log to identify LDAP clients that use SSLv3 to communicate with the server. Whenever an LDAP client establishes a secure connection to the server, or whenever a client uses the StartTLS extended operation to secure an existing plaintext connection, the server will generate a SECURITY-NEGOTIATION access log message. The "protocol" element of a SECURITY-NEGOTIATION access log message specifies the name of the security protocol that has been negotiated between the client and the server, and any SECURITY-NEGOTIATION messages with a protocol of "SSLv3" suggest that the associated client is vulnerable to the POODLE attack. In addition, if any connections are terminated for attempting to use the disallowed SSLv3 protocol, the access log message for that disconnect should include a message stating the reason for the termination.

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    • Support identifiers: DS-11782
  • Update the replication backlog health check so that if a problem is encountered while attempting to retrieve monitor information from a backend server, that server will only be classified as degraded rather than unavailable.

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    • Support identifiers: DS-9726
  • Fix a bug that allows users with expired passwords to change attributes in their own entry other than password.

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    • Support identifiers: DS-6054
  • Update the Directory Server to apply access controls when processing the GetAuthorizationEntryRequestControl.

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    • Support identifiers: DS-854

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved with this release of the DirectoryProxyProxy:

Ticket ID Description

Fix an issue where an LDAP search across entry-balanced server sets sometimes returned 0 (success) even though all servers in one of the sets failed with a timeout. The search should return 52 (unavailable) in this situation.


Fixed an issue where the server was attempting to connect by an IP address rather than a hostname when DNS lookup was successful.


Addressed an issue that could lead to slow, off-heap memory growth. This only occurred on servers whose cn=Version,cn=monitor entry was retrieved frequently.