{jenkins-plugin-info:pluginId=ldap}

Note: This plugin was part of the Jenkins core until 1.468. After that, it was split out into a separately-updateable plugin. However, for backwards compatibility purposes, subsequent core releases still bundle it. If you do not use this plugin at all, you can simply disable it.

Description

This plugin provides yet another way of authenticating users using LDAP. It can be used with LDAP servers like Active Directory or OpenLDAP among others. Supported configuration can be found below these lines. 

It is strongly encouraged that you upgrade to at least version 1.15 of the LDAP plugin as that version includes the Test LDAP settings button which contains a number of important diagnostic checks to validate subtle issues with your LDAP configuration.

Existing LDAP users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this version and use the button to ensure that their existing configuration does not have subtle issues (most common subtle issues revolve around group resolution and user lookup and typically surface for users as issues with API token or Jenkins CLI access but can also appear with features such as the Authorize Project plugin or other plugins that require details of user permissions or group membership outside of a user's web session)

 

Configuration

Select LDAP for the Security Realm. You will most likely need to configure some of the Advanced options. There is on-line help available for each option. 

Server

Specify the name of the LDAP server host name (like ldap.acme.org).

If your LDAP server uses a port other than 389 (which is the standard for LDAP), you can also append a port number here, like ldap.acme.org:1389.

To connect to LDAP over SSL (AKA LDAPS), specify it with the ldaps:// protocol, like ldaps://ldap.acme.org or ldaps://ldap.acme.org:1636 (if the port is other than the default 636).

As of version 1.6, you can specify a list of servers separated by whitespace to provide a fallback if the first server is unavailable, e.g. ldap1.acme.org ldap2.acme.org:1389 or ldaps://ldap1.acme.org:1636 ldap1.acme.org:1389 ldap://ldap2.acme.org ldap3.acme.org

Test LDAP Settings

This button will allow you to check the full LDAP configuration settings which you have defined (as compared with the field validation which only verifies a subset of the configuration)

Clicking this button will display a modal dialog to prompt you to provide a username and password:

There are a number of tests that you should perform before saving a new / modified security configuration:

(warning) NOTE it is quite likely that existing installations may have subtle issues with group resolution, it is recommended that you validate your group resolution with the new button functionality after upgrading the LDAP plugin to 1.15 as there is a good chance that it will catch problems you didn't really know you had!

Root DN

For authenticating user and determining the roles given to this user, Jenkins performs multiple LDAP queries.

Since an LDAP database is conceptually a big tree and the search is performed recursively, in theory if we can start a search starting at a sub-node (as opposed to root), you get a better performance because it narrows down the scope of a search.

This field specifies the DN of such a subtree.

But in practice, LDAP servers maintain an extensive index over the data, so specifying this field is rarely necessary — you should just let Jenkins figure this out by talking to LDAP.

If you do specify this value, the field normally looks something like dc=acme,dc=org

User search base

One of the searches Jenkins does on LDAP is to locate the user record given the user name.

If you specify a relative DN (from the root DN) here, Jenkins will further narrow down searches to the sub-tree.

But in practice, LDAP servers maintain an extensive index over the data, so specifying this field is rarely necessary.

If you do specify this value, the field normally looks something like ou=people

User search filter

One of the searches Jenkins does on LDAP is to locate the user record given the user name.

 This field determines the query to be run to identify the user record.

The query is almost always uid={0} as per defined in RFC 2798, so in most cases you should leave this field empty and let this default kick in.

If your LDAP server doesn't have uid or doesn't use a meaningful uid value, try mail={0}, which lets people login by their e-mail address.

If you do specify a different query, specify an LDAP query string with marker token {0}, which is to be replaced by the user name string entered by the user.

Group search base

One of the searches Jenkins does on LDAP is to locate the list of groups for a user.

This field determines the query to be run to identify the organizational unit that contains groups.

The query is almost always ou=groups so try that first, though this field may be left blank to search from the root DN.

If login attempts result in "Administrative Limit Exceeded" or similar error, try to make this setting as specific as possible for your LDAP structure, to reduce the scope of the query.

If the error persists, you may need to change the Group membership filter from the default of (| (member={0}) (uniqueMember={0}) (memberUid={1})) to a query only of the field used in your LDAP for group membership, such as: (member={0}).

You will need to login and logout in order to verify that your group membership is retained with a modified group membership filter.

Group search filter

When Jenkins is asked to determine if a named group exists, it uses a default filter of:
(& (cn={0}) (| (objectclass=groupOfNames) (objectclass=groupOfUniqueNames) (objectclass=posixGroup)))

relative to the Group search base to determine if there is a group with the specified name ({0} is substituted by the name being searched for.)

If you know your LDAP server only stores group information in one specific object class, then you can improve group search performance by restricting the filter to just the required object class.

Note: if you are using the LDAP security realm to connect to Active Directory (as opposed to using the Active Directory plugin's security realm) then you will need to change this filter to:
(& (cn={0}) (objectclass=group) )

Note: if you leave this empty, the default search filter will be used.

Group membership

When Jenkins resolves a user, the next step in the resolution process is to determine the LDAP groups that the user belongs to.

There is an extension point for providing a strategy to resolve the LDAP groups that the user belongs to. There are two implementations provided in the LDAP plugin:

Search for groups containing user

The group membership filter field controls the search filter that is used to determine group membership.

If left blank, the default filter will be used. The default default filter is: (| (member={0}) (uniqueMember={0}) (memberUid={1})). Irrespective of what the default is, setting this filter to a non-blank value will determine the filter used.

You are normally safe leaving this field unchanged, however for large LDAP servers where you are seeing messages such as "OperationNotSupportedException - Function Not Implemented", "Administrative Limit Exceeded" or similar periodically when trying to login, then that would indicate that you should change to a more optimum filter for your LDAP server, namely one that queries only the required field, such as: (member={0})

The LDAP server may be able to use query hints to optimize the search. For example:

Note: in this field there are two available substitutions:
{0} - the fully qualified DN of the user
{1} - the username portion of the user

Parse user attribute for list of groups


Some LDAP servers can provide a memberOf attribute within the User's record:

This attribute can be used to simplify the group search and return the group membership immediately without a second LDAP query. Note, however, that this may result in only direct group membership being supported.

The group membership attribute field controls the attribute name that is used to determine the groups to which a user belongs.

Manager DN and Manager Password

If your LDAP server doesn't support anonymous binding (IOW, if your LDAP server doesn't even allow a query without authentication), then Jenkins would have to first authenticate itself against the LDAP server, and Jenkins does that by sending "manager" DN and password.

A DN typically looks like CN=MyUser,CN=Users,DC=mydomain,DC=com although the exact sequence of tokens depends on the LDAP server configuration.

It can be any valid DN as long as LDAP allows this user to query data.

This configuration is also useful when you are connecting to Active Directory from a Unix machine, as AD doesn't allow anonymous bind by default. But if you can't figure this out, you can also change AD setting to allow anonymous bind. 

Disable LDAP Email resolver

Controls whether LDAP will be used to try and resolve the email addresses of users.

Enable cache

Some LDAP servers may be slow, or rate limit client requests.

In such cases enabling caching may improve performance of Jenkins with the risk of delayed propagation of user changes from LDAP and increased memory usage on the master.

Note: The default configuration is to leave the cache turned off.

Environment Properties

As of 1.7 of the LDAP plugin, you can now specify additional Environment Properties to provide the backing Java LDAP client API. See Oracle's documentation for details of what properties are available and what functionality they provide. As a minimum you should strongly consider providing the following

Property Name

Description

com.sun.jndi.ldap.connect.timeout

This is the socket connection timeout in milliseconds. If your LDAP servers are all close to your Jenkins server you can probably set a small value, e.g. 5000 milliseconds. Setting a value smaller that this may result in excessive timeouts due to the TCP/IP connection establishment retry mechanism.

com.sun.jndi.ldap.read.timeout

This is the socket read timeout in milliseconds. If your LDAP queries are all fast you can probably set a low value. The value is ignored if the Jenkins Master is running on Java 1.5. A reasonable default is 60000 milliseconds.

Troubleshooting

The following Groovy script can be useful when trying to determine whether you have group search configured correctly:

    String[] names = ["a group name","a user name","a name that does not exist"];
    for (name in names) {
      println("Checking the name '" + name + "'...")
      try {
        println("  It is a USER: " + Jenkins.instance.securityRealm.loadUserByUsername(name))
        println("  Has groups/authorities: " + Jenkins.instance.securityRealm.loadUserByUsername(name).getAuthorities())
      } catch (Exception e) {
          try {
            println("  It is a GROUP: " + Jenkins.instance.securityRealm.loadGroupByGroupname(name))
            println("")
            continue
          } catch (Exception e1) {
            println("  It is NOT a group, reason: " + e1.getMessage())
          }
        println("  It is NOT a user, reason: " + e.getMessage())
      }
      println("");
    }

Performance Tuning

Here is a checklist to help improve performance:

Those two changes should give you an immediate significant performance boost (even with a TTL of 30s as long as the cache size is larger than max anticipated concurrent users... but a longer TTL is better)

Tips and Tricks

If you are using the LDAP plugin to connect to Active Directory you should probably read this page of AD syntax notes. Pay special attention to Notes 10 and 19. The following settings are reported to work with Active Directory and nested groups, though they should carry a warning that they may impact login performance and they have not been tested for completeness:

Version History

Version 1.20 (19th Feb 2018)

Version 1.19 (31st Jan 2018)

Version 1.18 (9th Nov 2017)

Version 1.17 (13th Sep 2017)

Version 1.16 (3rd July 2017)

Version 1.15 (2nd May 2017)

Version 1.14 (23rd Jan 2017)

Version 1.13 (20th Sep 2016)

Version 1.12 (26th Apr 2016)

Version 1.11 (3rd Oct 2014)

Version 1.10.2 (23rd May 2014)

Version 1.10.1 (23rd May 2014)

Version 1.10 (22nd May 2014)

[Update 23/05/2014] Some kind testers have confirmed that the new strategy seems to work against Active Directory... but as those testers did not have performance issues to start with, again it is just a rumour that there is a performance increase! Version 1.10.2 is recommended to fix two non-critical but annoying NPEs with the new strategy

Version 1.9 (9th May 2014)

Version 1.8 (17th Jan 2014)

Version 1.7 (9th Dec 2013)

Version 1.6 (24th Jul 2013)

Version 1.5 (14th Jun 2013)

Version 1.4 (24th Apr 2013)

Version 1.3 (24th Apr 2013)

Version 1.2 (6th Dev 2012)

Version 1.1 (11th Jun 2012)

Version 1.0 (6th Jun 2012)