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LDAP Modify-Increment Extension
<draft-zeilenga-ldap-incr-00.txt>
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Abstract
This document describes an extension to the Lightweight Directory
Access Protocol (LDAP) Modify operation to support an increment
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capability. This extension is useful in provisioning applications,
especially when combined with the assertion control and/or the
pre-read or post-read control extension.
1. Background and Intended Use
The Lightwieght Directory Access Protocol [Roadmap] does not currently
provide an operation to increment values of an attribute. A client
must read the values of the attribute, then modify those values to
increment them by the desired amount. As the values may be updated by
other clients between this add and modify, the client must be careful
to construct the modify request so that it fails in this case, and
upon failure, re-read the values and construct a new modify request.
This document extends the LDAP Modify Operation [Protocol] to support
an increment values capability. This feature is intended to be used
with either the LDAP pre-read or post-read control extension
[READENTRY]. This feature may be used with the LDAP assertion control
[ASSERT] to provide test-and-increment functionality.
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
"SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119].
2. The Modify-Increment Extension
This document extends the LDAP Modify request to support a increment
values capability. Implementations of this extension SHALL support an
additional ModifyRequest operation enumeration value increment (3) as
described herein. Implementations not supporting this extension will
treat this value as they would an unlisted value, e.g., as a protocol
error.
The increment (3) operation value specifies that an increment values
modification is requested. All existing values of the modification
attribute are to be incremented by the listed value. The modification
attribute must be appropriate for request, e.g., must have INTEGER or
other incrementable values, and the modification must provide one and
only value.
Servers supporting this feature SHOULD publish the object identifier
(OID) OID-TBD as a value of the 'supportedFeatures' [RFC3674]
attribute in the root DSE. Clients supporting this feature SHOULD NOT
use the feature unless they have knowledge the server supports it.
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3. LDIF Support
To represent Modify-Increment requests in LDAP Data Interchange Format
[RFC2849], the ABNF [RFC2234] production <mod-spec> is extended as
follows:
mod-spec /= "increment:" FILL AttributeDescription SEP
attrval-spec "-" SEP
For example,
# Increment uidNumber
dn: cn=max-assigned uidNumber,dc=example,dc=com
changetype: modify
increment: uidNumber
uidNumber: 1
-
This LDIF fragment represents a Modify request to increment the
value(s) of uidNumber by 1.
4. Security Considerations
General LDAP security considerations [Roadmap], as well as those
specific to the LDAP Modify [Protocol], apply to this Modify-Increment
extension. Beyond these considerations, it is noted that introduction
of this extension should reduce application complexity (by provide one
operation what presently requires multiple operation) and, hence, may
aide in the production of correct and secure implementations.
5. IANA Considerations
Registration of the LDAP Protocol Mechanism [BCP64bis] defined in
document is requested.
Subject: Request for LDAP Protocol Mechanism Registration
Object Identifier: OID-TBD
Description: Modify-Increment
Person & email address to contact for further information:
Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@openldap.org>
Usage: Feature
Specification: RFC XXXX
Author/Change Controller: Kurt Zeilenga <kurt@openldap.org>
Comments: none
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6. Author's Address
Kurt D. Zeilenga
OpenLDAP Foundation
<Kurt@OpenLDAP.org>
7. Normative References
[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
Requirement Levels", BCP 14 (also RFC 2119), March 1997.
[RFC2234] Crocker, D. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax
Specifications: ABNF", RFC 2234, November 1997.
[RFC2849] Good, G., "The LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) -
Technical Specification", RFC 2849, June 2000.
[Features] Zeilenga, K., "Feature Discovery in LDAP", RFC 3674,
December 2003.
[Roadmap] Zeilenga, K. (editor), "LDAP: Technical Specification
Road Map", draft-ietf-ldapbis-roadmap-xx.txt, a work in
progress.
[Protocol] Sermersheim, J. (editor), "LDAP: The Protocol",
draft-ietf-ldapbis-protocol-xx.txt, a work in progress.
8. Informative References
[BCP64bis] Zeilenga, K., "IANA Considerations for LDAP",
draft-ietf-ldapbis-bcp64-xx.txt, a work in progress.
[READENTRY] Zeilenga, K., "LDAP Read Entry Controls",
draft-zeilenga-ldap-readentry-xx.txt, a work in
progress.
[ASSERT] Zeilenga, K., "LDAP Assertion Control",
draft-zeilenga-ldap-assert-xx.txt, a work in progress.
[ASSIGN] OpenLDAP Foundation, "OpenLDAP OID Delegations",
http://www.openldap.org/foundation/oid-delegate.txt.
[PRIVATE] IANA, "Private Enterprise Numbers",
http://www.iana.org/assignments/enterprise-numbers.
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