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My issue I think boils down to OpenLDAP. I want my users to be able to change their passwords using the Pidgin chat client. At the moment, I have to set their passwords, and it's a pain. OpenLDAP works fine, my config is below.

When users try to change password, they get a 403 forbidden from Pidgin. Nothing happens in the OpenLDAP log when they get this error, which makes me think that the request never gets there. This is the log from Pidgin:

(14:08:01) jabber: Sending (ssl) (test.account@xx.com/b660f5a6): <iq type='set' id='purple711c2157' to='xx.com'><query xmlns='jabber:iq:register'><username>test.account</username><password>22</password></query></iq>

(14:08:01) jabber: Recv (ssl)(302): <iq type="error" id="purple711c2157" from="xx.com" to="test.account@xx.com/b660f5a6"><query xmlns="jabber:iq:register"><username>test.account</username><password>22</password></query><error code="403" type="auth"><forbidden xmlns="urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-stanzas"/></error></iq>

This is my slapd.conf:

# This is the main slapd configuration file. See slapd.conf(5) for more
# info on the configuration options.

# Features to permit
#allow bind_v2

# Schema and objectClass definitions
include         /etc/ldap/schema/core.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/cosine.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/nis.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/inetorgperson.schema

# Where the pid file is put. The init.d script
# will not stop the server if you change this.
pidfile         /var/run/slapd/slapd.pid

#     List of arguments that were passed to the server
argsfile        /var/run/slapd/slapd.args

# Read slapd.conf(5) for possible values
loglevel       0

# Where the dynamically loaded modules are stored
modulepath  /usr/lib/ldap
moduleload  back_hdb

# The maximum number of entries that is returned for a search operation
sizelimit 500

# The tool-threads parameter sets the actual amount of cpu's that is used
# for indexing.
tool-threads 1

#######################################################################
# Specific Backend Directives for hdb:
# Backend specific directives apply to this backend until another
# 'backend' directive occurs
backend     hdb

#######################################################################
# Specific Directives for database #1, of type hdb:
# Database specific directives apply to this databasse until another
# 'database' directive occurs
database        hdb

# The base of your directory in database #1
suffix          "dc=xx,dc=com"

# rootdn directive for specifying a superuser on the database. This is needed
# for syncrepl.
# rootdn          "cn=admin,dc=vo,dc=srfarm,dc=net"

rootdn  "cn=admin,dc=xx,dc=com"
rootpw  xXxXxXxX

# Where the database file are physically stored for database #1
directory       "/var/lib/ldap"

# The dbconfig settings are used to generate a DB_CONFIG file the first
# time slapd starts.  They do NOT override existing an existing DB_CONFIG
# file.  You should therefore change these settings in DB_CONFIG directly
# or remove DB_CONFIG and restart slapd for changes to take effect.

# For the Debian package we use 2MB as default but be sure to update this
# value if you have plenty of RAM
dbconfig set_cachesize 0 2097152 0

# Number of objects that can be locked at the same time.
dbconfig set_lk_max_objects 1500
# Number of locks (both requested and granted)
dbconfig set_lk_max_locks 1500
# Number of lockers
dbconfig set_lk_max_lockers 1500

# Indexing options for database #1
index default eq,pres
index           objectClass eq
index       uid,cn,member

# Save the time that the entry gets modified, for database #1
lastmod         on

# Checkpoint the BerkeleyDB database periodically in case of system
# failure and to speed slapd shutdown.
checkpoint      512 30

# The userPassword by default can be changed
# by the entry owning it if they are authenticated.
# Others should not be able to see it, except the
# admin entry below
# These access lines apply to database #1 only
access to attrs=userPassword,shadowLastChange
        by dn="cn=admin,dc=xx,dc=com" write
        by anonymous auth
        by self write
        by * none

# Ensure read access to the base for things like
# supportedSASLMechanisms.  Without this you may
# have problems with SASL not knowing what
# mechanisms are available and the like.
# Note that this is covered by the 'access to *'
# ACL below too but if you change that as people
# are wont to do you'll still need this if you
# want SASL (and possible other things) to work 
# happily.
access to dn.base="" by * read

# The admin dn has full write access, everyone else
# can read everything.
access to *
    by self write
        by dn="cn=admin,dc=xx,dc=com" write
        by * read

Anyone have any ideas?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

The issue here isn't Pidgin or OpenLDAP - it's Openfire (which I'm inferring you're using based on your tags). It doesn't support making changes to external LDAP users in any way; direct password changes only work for locally defined users.

See here:

Openfire treats the LDAP directory as read-only.

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Ah I see. So I was in the middle of writing a web-based password changer. Is that the only way to go? I feel like this is a problem that many must have bumped into... –  matt Jan 26 '12 at 19:39
    
Similiar situation, running openfire backed by ldap. Just wrote a simple web page for people to change their pw. –  Bob Jan 26 '12 at 19:53

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