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lloadd.conf - configuration file for lloadd, the stand-alone LDAP daemon


The file /etc/openldap/lloadd.conf contains configuration information for the lloadd(8)daemon.

The lloadd.conf file consists of a series of global configuration options that apply to lloadd as a whole (including all backends), followed by zero or more backend definitions that contain information specific how a backend instance should be contacted. The configuration options are case-insensitive; their value, on a case by case basis, may be case-sensitive.

The general format of lloadd.conf is as follows:

    # comment - these options apply to the server as a whole
    <global configuration options>
    # first backend definition
    backend-server <backend 1 definition>
    # subsequent backend definitions

As many backend servers may be configured as desired.

If a line begins with white space, it is considered a continuation of the previous line. No physical line should be over 2000 bytes long.

Blank lines and comment lines beginning with a `#' character are ignored. Note: continuation lines are unwrapped before comment processing is applied.

Arguments on configuration lines are separated by white space. If an argument contains white space, the argument should be enclosed in double quotes. If an argument contains a double quote (`"') or a backslash character (`\'), the character should be preceded by a backslash character.

The specific configuration options available are discussed below in the Global Configuration Options and General Backend Options. Refer to the "OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" for more details on the lloadd configuration file.

Note that when lloadd is configured as a slapd module, any option that shares the same name as an option in slapd.conf(5), the slapd interpretation wins and the lloadd option mentioned is unavailable through slapd.conf(5) directly, instead, it would have to be configured via a dedicated attribute in cn=config. In particular, unless the TLSShareSlapdCTX option is set, lloadd keeps its own TLS context which cannot be configured except through the dynamic configuration.

An additional option is available when running as a slapd module:

The URIs the Load Balancer module should listen on. Must not overlap with the ones that slapd uses for its own listening sockets. The related cn=config attribute is olcBkLloadListen with each URI provided as a separate value. No changes to this attribute made after the server has started up will take effect until it is restarted.

Options described in this section apply to all backends. Arguments that should be replaced by actual text are shown in brackets <>.

The (absolute) name of a file that will hold the lloadd server's command line (program name and options).
Specify a desired level of concurrency. Provided to the underlying thread system as a hint. The default is not to provide any hint.
Switch additional features supported by the LDAP Load Balancer on. Supported features are:
when proxying an operation, pass the client's authorized identity using the proxy authorization control (RFC 4370). No control is added to the operation if initiated by a client whose bound identity matches the identity configured in bindconf (no normalisation of the DN is attempted).

If SASL binds are issued by clients and this feature is enabled, backend servers need to support LDAP Who Am I? extended operation for the Load Balancer to detect the correct authorization identity.

Read additional configuration information from the given file before continuing with the next line of the current file.
Specify the number of threads to use for the connection manager. The default is 1 and this is typically adequate for up to 16 CPU cores. The value should be set to a power of 2.

If modified after server starts up, a change to this option will not take effect until the server has been restarted.

Specify a file for recording lloadd debug messages. By default these messages only go to stderr, are not recorded anywhere else, and are unrelated to messages exposed by the
Specify the prefix format for messages written to the logfile. The debug format is the normal format used for slapd debug messages, with a timestamp in hexadecimal, followed by a thread ID. The other options are to use syslog(3) style prefixes, with timestamps either in UTC or in the local timezone. The default is debug format. loglevel configuration parameter. Specifying a logfile copies messages to both stderr and the logfile.
Specify that debug messages should only go to the configured logfile, and not to stderr.
Specify automatic rotation for the configured logfile as the maximum number of old logfiles to retain, a maximum size in megabytes to allow a logfile to grow before rotation, and a maximum age in hours for a logfile to be used before rotation. The maximum number must be in the range 1-99. Setting Mbytes or hours to zero disables the size or age check, respectively. At least one of Mbytes or hours must be non-zero. By default no automatic rotation will be performed.
Specify the level at which debugging statements and operation statistics should be syslogged (currently logged to the syslogd(8) LOG_LOCAL4 facility). They must be considered subsystems rather than increasingly verbose log levels. Some messages with higher priority are logged regardless of the configured loglevel as soon as any logging is configured. Log levels are additive, and available levels are:
(0x1 trace) trace function calls
(0x2 packets) debug packet handling
(0x4 args) heavy trace debugging (function args)
(0x8 conns) connection management
(0x10 BER) print out packets sent and received
(0x40 config) configuration file processing
(0x100 stats) connections, LDAP operations, results (recommended)
(0x200 stats2) stats log entries sent
(0x8000 none) only messages that get logged whatever log level is set
The desired log level can be input as a single integer that combines the (ORed) desired levels, both in decimal or in hexadecimal notation, as a list of integers (that are ORed internally), or as a list of the names that are shown between parentheses, such that
    loglevel 513
    loglevel 0x201
    loglevel 512 1
    loglevel 0x200 0x1
    loglevel stats trace

are equivalent. The keyword any can be used as a shortcut to enable logging at all levels (equivalent to -1). The keyword none, or the equivalent integer representation, causes those messages that are logged regardless of the configured loglevel to be logged. In fact, if loglevel is set to 0, no logging occurs, so at least the none level is required to have high priority messages logged.

The loglevel defaults to stats. This level should usually also be included when using other loglevels, to help analyze the logs.

The (absolute) name of a file that will hold the lloadd server's process ID (see getpid(2)).
Specify the maximum LDAP PDU size accepted coming from clients. The default is 262143.
Specify the maximum LDAP PDU size accepted coming from upstream connections. The default is 4194303.
Specify the size of the TCP buffer. A global value for both read and write TCP buffers related to any listener is defined, unless the listener is explicitly specified, or either the read or write qualifiers are used. See tcp(7) for details. Note that some OS-es implement automatic TCP buffer tuning.
Specify the maximum size of the primary thread pool. The default is 16; the minimum value is 2.
Specify the number of work queues to use for the primary thread pool. The default is 1 and this is typically adequate for up to 8 CPU cores. The value should not exceed the number of CPUs in the system.
If set to 0, PDUs are handled by the I/O threads directly, otherwise a task is queued to be picked up by the thread pool. This task will process PDUs from the connection until there is no more data to be read or this limit is reached when the I/O thread can pick it up again. Very high values have a potential to cause some connections to be starved in a very high-bandwidth environment. The default is 1000.
Will cause the load balancer to limit the number unfinished operations for each client connection. The default is 0, unlimited.
Specify the number of milliseconds to wait before forcibly closing a connection with an outstanding write. This allows faster recovery from various network hang conditions. An iotimeout of 0 disables this feature. The default is 10000.
Specify the number of seconds after a write operation is finished that lloadd will direct operations exclusively to the last selected backend. A write operation is anything not handled internally (certain exops, abandon), except search, compare and bind operations. Bind operations also reset this restriction. The default is 0, write operations do not restrict selection. When negative, the restriction is not time limited and will persist until the next bind.
Tell lloadd that extended operation with a given OID should be handled in a specific way. OID 1.1 is special, setting a default (only for operations not handled internally). The meaning of the <action> argument is the same as in restrict_control below.
Tell lloadd that a control with a given OID attached to any operation should be handled in a specific way according to the <action> argument. At the moment, only operations passed intact are inspected in this way, in particular, controls on bind and extended operations are not checked.

In order of descending priority (the control with highest priority action wins), this is the action made:

operations that carry this control will be rejected.
once an upstream is selected, every future operation from this client will be directed to the same connection. Useful when state is shared between client and upstream that the load balancer doesn't track.
like write except this does not time out.
this is treated like a write operation (see write_coherence) above.
does not influence restrictions, useful when changing the global exop default. This is the default handling for exops/controls not handled by the load balancer internally.

If lloadd is built with support for Transport Layer Security, there are more options you can specify.

If set to no (the default), lloadd will use its own TLS context (needs to be configured via cn=config unless lloadd is run as a standalone daemon). If enabled, the options for slapd apply instead, since the slapd's TLS context is used then.

The following options are available only when compiled as a standalone daemon. When compiled as a slapd(8) module, the cn=config equivalents need to be used if a separate TLS context for the module is needed, otherwise use the TLSShareSlapdCTX option.

Permits configuring what ciphers will be accepted and the preference order. <cipher-suite-spec> should be a cipher specification for the TLS library in use (OpenSSL, GnuTLS, or Mozilla NSS). Example:
TLSCiphersuite SECURE256:!AES-128-CBC

To check what ciphers a given spec selects in OpenSSL, use:

openssl ciphers -v <cipher-suite-spec>

With GnuTLS the available specs can be found in the manual page of gnutls-cli(1) (see the description of the option --priority).

In older versions of GnuTLS, where gnutls-cli does not support the option --priority, you can obtain the — more limited — list of ciphers by calling:

gnutls-cli -l

When using Mozilla NSS, the OpenSSL cipher suite specifications are used and translated into the format used internally by Mozilla NSS. There isn't an easy way to list the cipher suites from the command line. The authoritative list is in the source code for Mozilla NSS in the file sslinfo.c in the structure

        static const SSLCipherSuiteInfo suiteInfo[]
Specifies the file that contains certificates for all of the Certificate Authorities that lloadd will recognize. The certificate for the CA that signed the server certificate must be included among these certificates. If the signing CA was not a top-level (root) CA, certificates for the entire sequence of CA's from the signing CA to the top-level CA should be present. Multiple certificates are simply appended to the file; the order is not significant.
Specifies the path of a directory that contains Certificate Authority certificates in separate individual files. Usually only one of this or the TLSCACertificateFile is used. This directive is not supported when using GnuTLS.

When using Mozilla NSS, <path> may contain a Mozilla NSS cert/key database. If <path> contains a Mozilla NSS cert/key database and CA cert files, OpenLDAP will use the cert/key database and will ignore the CA cert files.

Specifies the file that contains the lloadd server certificate.

When using Mozilla NSS, if using a cert/key database (specified with TLSCACertificatePath), TLSCertificateFile specifies the name of the certificate to use:

TLSCertificateFile Server-Cert
If using a token other than the internal built in token, specify the token name first, followed by a colon:
TLSCertificateFile my hardware device:Server-Cert
Use certutil -L to list the certificates by name:
certutil -d /path/to/certdbdir -L
Specifies the file that contains the lloadd server private key that matches the certificate stored in the TLSCertificateFile file. Currently, the private key must not be protected with a password, so it is of critical importance that it is protected carefully.

When using Mozilla NSS, TLSCertificateKeyFile specifies the name of a file that contains the password for the key for the certificate specified with TLSCertificateFile. The modutil command can be used to turn off password protection for the cert/key database. For example, if TLSCACertificatePath specifies /etc/openldap/certdb as the location of the cert/key database, use modutil to change the password to the empty string:

modutil -dbdir /etc/openldap/certdb -changepw 'NSS Certificate DB'
You must have the old password, if any. Ignore the WARNING about the running browser. Press 'Enter' for the new password.
This directive specifies the file that contains parameters for Diffie-Hellman ephemeral key exchange. This is required in order to use a DSA certificate on the server, or an RSA certificate missing the "key encipherment" key usage. Note that setting this option may also enable Anonymous Diffie-Hellman key exchanges in certain non-default cipher suites. Anonymous key exchanges should generally be avoided since they provide no actual client or server authentication and provide no protection against man-in-the-middle attacks. You should append "!ADH" to your cipher suites to ensure that these suites are not used. When using Mozilla NSS these parameters are always generated randomly so this directive is ignored.
Specify the name of a curve to use for Elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman ephemeral key exchange. This is required to enable ECDHE algorithms in OpenSSL. This option is not used with GnuTLS; the curves may be chosen in the GnuTLS ciphersuite specification. This option is also ignored for Mozilla NSS.
Specifies minimum SSL/TLS protocol version that will be negotiated. If the server doesn't support at least that version, the SSL handshake will fail. To require TLS 1.x or higher, set this option to 3.(x+1), e.g.,
TLSProtocolMin 3.2

would require TLS 1.1. Specifying a minimum that is higher than that supported by the OpenLDAP implementation will result in it requiring the highest level that it does support. This directive is ignored with GnuTLS.

Specifies the file to obtain random bits from when /dev/[u]random is not available. Generally set to the name of the EGD/PRNGD socket. The environment variable RANDFILE can also be used to specify the filename. This directive is ignored with GnuTLS and Mozilla NSS.
Specifies what checks to perform on client certificates in an incoming TLS session, if any. The <level> can be specified as one of the following keywords:
This is the default. lloadd will not ask the client for a certificate.
The client certificate is requested. If no certificate is provided, the session proceeds normally. If a bad certificate is provided, it will be ignored and the session proceeds normally.
The client certificate is requested. If no certificate is provided, the session proceeds normally. If a bad certificate is provided, the session is immediately terminated.
These keywords are all equivalent, for compatibility reasons. The client certificate is requested. If no certificate is provided, or a bad certificate is provided, the session is immediately terminated.
Specifies if the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) of the CA should be used to verify if the client certificates have not been revoked. This requires TLSCACertificatePath parameter to be set. This directive is ignored with GnuTLS and Mozilla NSS. <level> can be specified as one of the following keywords:
No CRL checks are performed
Check the CRL of the peer certificate
Check the CRL for a whole certificate chain
Specifies a file containing a Certificate Revocation List to be used for verifying that certificates have not been revoked. This directive is only valid when using GnuTLS and Mozilla NSS.

Options in this section describe how the lloadd connects and authenticates to the backend servers. Backends are organised in groups (tiers). Backends in the first tier are tried first, if none of them are reachable, the following tier is tried in the same way. If there is a backend in the tier that has suitable connections, but they are busy, no further tier is consulted. This is useful in high availability scenarios where a group of servers (e.g. the local environment) should be contacted if possible.

It is assumed all backend servers serve the same data. On startup, the configured connections are set up and those not dedicated to handle bind requests are authenticated with the backend using the information in the bindconf option. The authentication configuration is shared between them.

[bindmethod=simple|sasl] [binddn=<dn>] [saslmech=<mech>] [authcid=<identity>] [authzid=<identity>] [credentials=<passwd>] [realm=<realm>] [secprops=<properties>] [timeout=<seconds>] [network-timeout=<seconds>] [keepalive=<idle>:<probes>:<interval>] [tcp-user-timeout=<milliseconds>] [tls_cert=<file>] [tls_key=<file>] [tls_cacert=<file>] [tls_cacertdir=<path>] [tls_reqcert=never|allow|try|demand] [tls_cipher_suite=<ciphers>] [tls_crlcheck=none|peer|all] [tls_protocol_min=<major>[.<minor>]]

Specifies the bind credentials lloadd uses when setting up its regular connections to all backends.

A bindmethod of simple requires the options binddn and credentials and should only be used when adequate security services (e.g. TLS or IPSEC) are in place. REMEMBER: simple bind credentials must be in cleartext! A bindmethod of sasl requires the option saslmech. Depending on the mechanism, an authentication identity and/or credentials can be specified using authcid and credentials. The authzid parameter may be used to specify an authorization identity. Specific security properties (as with the sasl-secprops keyword above) for a SASL bind can be set with the secprops option. A non default SASL realm can be set with the realm option.

The timeout parameter indicates how long an operation can be pending a response (result, search entry, ...) from the server in seconds. Due to how timeouts are detected, the timeout might not be detected and handled up to timeout seconds after it happens.

The network-timeout parameter sets how long the consumer will wait to establish a network connection to the provider. Once a connection is established, the timeout parameter determines how long the consumer will wait for the initial Bind request to complete.

Timeout set to 0 means no timeout is in effect and by default, no timeouts are in effect.

The keepalive parameter sets the values of idle, probes, and interval used to check whether a socket is alive; idle is the number of seconds a connection needs to remain idle before TCP starts sending keepalive probes; probes is the maximum number of keepalive probes TCP should send before dropping the connection; interval is interval in seconds between individual keepalive probes. Only some systems support the customization of these values; the keepalive parameter is ignored otherwise, and system-wide settings are used.

The tcp-user-timeout parameter, if non-zero, corresponds to the TCP_USER_TIMEOUT set on the upstream connections, overriding the operating system setting. Only some systems support the customization of this parameter, it is ignored otherwise and system-wide settings are used.

<tier type>

Groups servers which should be considered in the same try. If a viable connection is found even if busy, the load balancer does not proceed to the next tier. The process of selection a connection within a tier depends on the tier's type.

Available types are:

Servers are tried in order and if one is selected successfully, the following search will try from the one next on the list.
Backend servers accept a new option weight=<int> which indicates how often it should be selected. If unspecified, weight defaults to 0 and such backends have a slight chance of being selected even when a non-zero weight backend is configured in the tier. The selection process is along the lines of RFC2782.
Like with weighted, backends accept the weight=<int> option. Average latency multiplied by weight is measured over time. The selection process chooses 2 backends at random, compares their weighted latencies and the backend with a better (lower) score is tried. If the backend is not available (or is busy), the other backend is tried, then backends are chosen in a round-robin order.

Note that unlike weighted, the higher the weight, the higher the "effective" latency and lower the chance a backend is selected.

uri=ldap[s]://<hostname>[:port] [retry=<retry interval in ms>] [starttls=yes|critical] [numconns=<conns>] [bindconns=<conns>] [max-pending-ops=<ops>] [conn-max-pending=<ops>]

Marks the beginning of a backend definition.

uri specifies the backend as an LDAP URI. If <port> is not given, the standard LDAP port number (389 or 636) is used.

Lloadd will attempt to maintain numconns active connections and also bindconns active connections dedicated to handling client bind requests.

If an error occurs on a working connection, a new connection attempt is made immediately, if one happens on establishing a new connection to this backend, lloadd will wait before a new reconnect attempt is made according to the retry parameter (default is 5 seconds).

Operations will be distributed across the backend's connections (upstreams).

The parameter conn-max-pending unless set to 0 (the default), will limit the number unfinished operations per upstream connection. Similarly, max-pending-ops will limit the total number or unfinished operations across all backend's connections, 0, the default, means no limit will be imposed for this backend.

The starttls parameter specifies use of the StartTLS extended operation to establish a TLS session before Binding to the provider. If the critical argument is supplied, the session will be aborted if the StartTLS request fails. Otherwise the syncrepl session continues without TLS. The tls_reqcert setting defaults to "demand" and the other TLS settings default to the same as the main slapd TLS settings.

Here is a short example of a configuration file:

argsfile  /var/lib/openldap/run/lloadd.args
pidfile   /var/lib/openldap/run/lloadd.pid
# cancel not supported yet
restrict_exop reject
# turn not supported
restrict_exop reject
# TXN Exop if desired, otherwise reject
restrict_exop connection
# Paged results control
restrict_control 1.2.840.113556.1.4.319 connection
# VLV control
restrict_control 2.16.840.1.113730.3.4.9 connection
tier weighted

"OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" contains a longer annotated example of a configuration file. The original /etc/openldap/lloadd.conf is another example.

Support for proxying SASL Binds is limited to the EXTERNAL mechanism (and only to extract the DN of a client TLS certificate if used during the last renegotiation) and mechanisms that rely neither on connection metadata (as Kerberos does) nor establish a SASL integrity/confidentialiy layer (again, some Kerberos mechanisms, DIGEST-MD5 can negotiate this).

default lloadd configuration file

ldap(3), gnutls-cli(1), slapd.conf(5), tcp(7), lloadd(8), slapd(8).

"OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" (http://www.OpenLDAP.org/doc/admin/)

OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project http://www.openldap.org/. OpenLDAP Software is derived from the University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.

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