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I am trying to find how to change some password policy settings in OpenLDAP (on a system-wide level, not on a per user level) such that all LDAP account users (i.e., existing and new users) have their passwords to expire after 90 days.

I know the main parameter that controls this is the maxPasswdAge parameter but I am not sure how to set this. I have tried different ldapmodify options but it fails:

ldapmodify -W -x -D "cn=Manager,dc=mydomain,dc=local" -f test.ldif 

dn: cn=pwdpolicyentry,cn=common,cn=products,cn=OracleContext,o=my_company,dc=com
changetype: modify
replace: pwdMaxAge
pwdMaxAge: 7776000

The error message was ..

modifying entry "cn=pwdpoilicyentry,cn=common,cn=products,cn=Oraclecontext,dc=mydomain,dc=com"
ldapmodify :no such object(32)

matched DN: dc=mydomain,dc=com 

My questions are

Are there any alternatives to doing this, for example: just change a setting manually somewhere in some configuration file and restart the LDAP server.

Are there any services that need to be bounced once this is done?

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How is the system using LDAP to pull this information? Is pam-ldap or nss-ldap being used? – Tim Jan 13 '12 at 14:42
Thanks for your reply .. think its using pam_ldap – Dominiqs Jan 16 '12 at 8:23

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It looks like you may be missing entries in the tree to the policy entry.

You will need to load the slapo-ppolicy overlay. The man page for the module specifies what you need to setup. I find the Ztrax documentation useful as well.

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Thanks for your help i will find out how to load that – Dominiqs Dec 6 '11 at 9:24
Thanks for your help but i think i already have slapo-overlay, any other thoughts please – Dominiqs Feb 21 '12 at 18:24

The tool to achieve what you need is ppolicy.

This a multi-step task involving:

  1. a module add;
  2. a schema add;
  3. a overlay add to a given database (it also defines which policy entry is the default policy);
  4. one or more entry adds which define the password policies (one can be the default policy).

In the entry defined at step 4 you can modify the pwdMaxAge attribute.

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Your "user" entry in the LDAP directory needs to have 2 attributes:

passwordExp: on
passwordMaxAge: 8640000

8640000 = 100 days.

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Tim Thanks very much but how do you change these attributes , what command will you use exactly – Dominiqs Jan 17 '12 at 15:00
Tim, still havent found out how to do this , i have had no solution or reply , any more suggestions .How do i set these attributes please – Dominiqs Mar 13 '12 at 10:21
which directory or config file are we talking about openldap.conf – Dominiqs Mar 23 '12 at 14:30
It's not OpenLDAP related. Maybe it's a setting found on: Sun ONE Directory Server – 473183469 Nov 10 at 11:08

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