[rt-users] RT 4.4.1 - ExternalAuth intermittently failing

Mike Johnson mike.johnson at nosm.ca
Wed Nov 23 15:21:30 EST 2016


It happened again today. Our AD admin didn't see anything unusual in the
logs. I'm getting him to see if successful bind attempts show up anywhere,
and if so... if RT is actually successful and the error message is just not
appropriate(ie something else behind the scenes is going on and it's just
reported as a failed bind).

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

We have multiple other LDAP authenticated, and Windows authenticated
systems on campus using this AD service(different usernames) and we haven't
had reports of any of these failing.

The things that have changed from what it was working:
- OS: CentOS
- perl 5.16.3
- RT version 4.4.1

I can't recall the previous OS version or perl version, but it was at least
on Redhat 4 or 5, and RT was 3.8.X using ExternalAuth extension(on 3.8 it
wasn't rolled into baseline yet).

Any thoughts are appreciated!

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM, Kenneth Marshall <ktm at rice.edu> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 04:13:46PM -0500, Mike Johnson wrote:
> > We just went live with RT 4.4.1 and it seems that LDAP authentication is
> > failing.
> >
> > It has now died 2 days in a row, at approximately the same time.
> >
> > The RT log is showing the following error:
> > 2819] [Mon Nov 21 21:10:28 2016] [critical]:
> > RT::Authen::ExternalAuth::LDAP::_GetBoundLdapObj Can't bind:
> > (/opt/rt4/sbin/../lib/RT/Authen/ExternalAuth/LDAP.pm:678)
> >
> > This seems like a generic LDAP error, and it's not pointing us to a
> > specific issue.
> >
> > The user that we are binding with is a user that was in-use on our RT
> 3.8.X
> > environment that hadn't had an issue in years (3?).
> >
> > Restarting apache resolves the immediate issue, but clearly there is
> > something else going on that we should be able to fix permanently. Anyone
> > have any ideas on where to look?
> >
> > This didn't come up in our testing, but I don't believe we had the volume
> > of credential testing that we do in prod.
> >
> > Any help would be great!
> >
> > P.S. The LDAP server is a Microsoft Active Directory server. This same
> > server was being used for ExternalAuth extension in 3.8.
> >
> > Mike.
> Hi Mike,
> You probably will need to check your AD logs as well. We have seen issues
> with AD authentication when an account is locked out by a bad password
> login attempt. Since it is about the same time of day, maybe something
> else is trying to login with those credentials and causing it to lock.
> Regards,
> Ken

Mike Johnson
Datatel Programmer/Analyst
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON   P7B 5E1
Phone: (807) 766-7331
Email: mike.johnson at nosm.ca
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