Yves Agostini


Jifty::Plugin::Authentication::Ldap - LDAP Authentication Plugin for Jifty


CAUTION: This plugin is experimental.

This may be combined with the User Mixin to provide user accounts and ldap password authentication to your application.

When a new user authenticates using this plugin, a new User object will be created automatically. The name and email fields will be automatically populated with LDAP data.

in etc/config.yml

    - Authentication::Ldap: 
       LDAPhost: ldap.univ.fr           # ldap server
       LDAPbase: ou=people,dc=.....     # base ldap
       LDAPName: displayname            # name to be displayed (cn givenname)
       LDAPMail: mailLocalAddress       # email used optional
       LDAPuid: uid                     # optional

Then create a user model

  jifty model --name=User

and edit lib/App/Model/User.pm to look something like this:

  use strict;
  use warnings;
  package Venice::Model::User;
  use Jifty::DBI::Schema;
  use Venice::Record schema {
        # More app-specific user columns go here
  use Jifty::Plugin::User::Mixin::Model::User;
  use Jifty::Plugin::Authentication::Ldap::Mixin::Model::User;
  sub current_user_can {
      my $self = shift;
      my $type = shift;
      my %args = (@_);
    return 1 if
    # all logged in users can read this table
    return 1
        if ($type eq 'read' && $self->current_user->id);
    return $self->SUPER::current_user_can($type, @_);


This plugin will add the following actions to your application. For testing you can access these from the Admin plugin.


The login path is /ldaplogin.


The logout path is /ldaplogout.



This plugin depends on the User Mixin.


The following options are available in your config.yml under the Authentication::Ldap Plugins section.


Your LDAP server.


[Mandatory] The base object where your users live. If LDAPBindTemplate is defined, LDAPbase is only used for user search.


Alternatively to LDAPbase, you can specify here the whole DN string, with %u as a placeholder for UID.


The DN that your organization uses to store Email addresses. This gets copied into the User object as the email.


The DN that your organization uses to store Real Name. This gets copied into the User object as the name.


The DN that your organization uses to store the user ID. Usually cn. This gets copied into the User object as the ldap_id.


These options get passed through to Net::LDAP.

Default Options :

 debug   => 0
 onerror => undef
 async   => 1 

Other options you may want :

 timeout => 30

See Net::LDAP for a full list. You can overwrite the defaults selectively or not at all.


Optional list of Perl functions that would be called after a successful login and after a corresponding User object is loaded and updated. The function is called with a hash array arguments, as follows:

  username => string
  user_object => User object
  ldap => Net::LDAP object
  infos => User attributes as returned by get_infos  

Optional list of LDAP user attributes fetched by get_infos. The values are returned to the login hook as arrayrefs.


The following example authenticates the application against a MS Active Directory server for the domain MYDOMAIN. Each user entry has the attribute 'department' which is used for authorization. LDAPbase is used for user searching, and binding is done in a Microsoft way. The login hook checks if the user belongs to specific departments and updates the user record.

 #   etc/config.yml:  
    - User: {}
    - Authentication::Ldap:
       LDAPhost: ldap1.mydomain.com
       LDAPbase: 'DC=mydomain,DC=com'
       LDAPBindTemplate: 'MYDOMAIN\%u'
       LDAPName: displayName
       LDAPMail: mail
       LDAPuid: cn
         - department
         - 'Myapp::Model::User::ldap_login_hook'

  #  package Myapp::Model::User;
  sub ldap_login_hook
      my %args = @_;

      my $u = $args{'user_object'};    
      my $department = $args{'infos'}->{'department'}[0];

      my $editor = 0;
      if( $department eq 'NOC' or
          $department eq 'ENGINEERING' )
          $editor = 1;

      $u->__set( column => 'is_content_editor', value => $editor );



Jifty::Manual::AccessControl, Jifty::Plugin::User::Mixin::Model::User, Net::LDAP


Yves Agostini, <yvesago@cpan.org>, Stanislav Sinyagin

and others authors from Jifty (maxbaker, clkao, sartak, alexmv)


Copyright 2007-2010 Yves Agostini. All Rights Reserved.

This program is free software and may be modified and distributed under the same terms as Perl itself.