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Synapse LDAP Auth Provider

Allows synapse to use LDAP as a password provider.

This allows users to log in to synapse with their username and password from an LDAP server. There is also ma1sd (https://github.com/ma1uta/ma1sd) (3rd party) that offers more fully-featured integration.

Installation

  • Included as standard in the deb packages and docker images from matrix.org.
  • If you installed into a virtualenv: pip install matrix-synapse-ldap3.
  • For other installation mechanisms, see the documentation provided by the maintainer.

Usage

Example synapse config:

password_providers:
 - module: "ldap_auth_provider.LdapAuthProvider"
   config:
     enabled: true
     uri: "ldap://ldap.example.com:389"
     start_tls: true
     base: "ou=users,dc=example,dc=com"
     attributes:
        uid: "cn"
        mail: "mail"
        name: "givenName"
     #bind_dn:
     #bind_password:
     #filter: "(objectClass=posixAccount)"

If you would like to specify more than one LDAP server for HA, you can provide uri parameter with a list. Default HA strategy of ldap3.ServerPool is employed, so first available server is used.

password_providers:
 - module: "ldap_auth_provider.LdapAuthProvider"
   config:
     enabled: true
     uri:
        - "ldap://ldap1.example.com:389"
        - "ldap://ldap2.example.com:389"
     start_tls: true
     base: "ou=users,dc=example,dc=com"
     attributes:
        uid: "cn"
        mail: "email"
        name: "givenName"
     #bind_dn:
     #bind_password:
     #filter: "(objectClass=posixAccount)"

If you would like to enable login/registration via email, or givenName/email binding upon registration, you need to enable search mode. An example config in search mode is provided below:

password_providers:
 - module: "ldap_auth_provider.LdapAuthProvider"
   config:
     enabled: true
     mode: "search"
     uri: "ldap://ldap.example.com:389"
     start_tls: true
     base: "ou=users,dc=example,dc=com"
     attributes:
        uid: "cn"
        mail: "mail"
        name: "givenName"
     # Search auth if anonymous search not enabled
     bind_dn: "cn=hacker,ou=svcaccts,dc=example,dc=com"
     bind_password: "ch33kym0nk3y"
     #filter: "(objectClass=posixAccount)"

Active Directory forest support

If the active_directory flag is set to true, an Active Directory forest will be searched for the login details. In this mode, the user enters their login details in one of the forms:

  • <login>/<domain>
  • <domain>\<login>

In either case, this will be mapped to the Matrix UID <login>/<domain> (The normal AD domain separators, @ and \, cannot be used in Matrix User Identifiers, so / is used instead.)

Let's say you have several domains in the example.com forest:

password_providers:
 - module: "ldap_auth_provider.LdapAuthProvider"
   config:
     enabled: true
     mode: "search"
     uri: "ldap://main.example.com:389"
     base: "dc=example,dc=com"
     # Must be true for this feature to work
     active_directory: true
     # Optional. Users from this domain may log in without specifying the domain part
     default_domain: main.example.com
     attributes:
        uid: "userPrincipalName"
        mail: "mail"
        name: "givenName"
     bind_dn: "cn=hacker,ou=svcaccts,dc=example,dc=com"
     bind_password: "ch33kym0nk3y"

With this configuration the user can log in with either main\someuser, main.example.com\someuser, someuser/main.example.com or someuser.

Users of other domains in the example.com forest can log in with domain\login or login/domain.

Please note that userPrincipalName or a similar-looking LDAP attribute in the format login@domain must be used when the active_directory option is enabled.

Troubleshooting and Debugging

matrix-synapse-ldap3 logging is included in the Synapse homeserver log (typically homeserver.log). The LDAP plugin log level can be increased to DEBUG for troubleshooting and debugging by making the following modifications to your Synapse server's logging configuration file:

  • Set the value for handlers.file.level to DEBUG:
handlers:
  file:
    # [...]
    level: DEBUG
  • Add the following to the loggers section:
loggers:
   # [...]
   ldap3:
     level: DEBUG
   ldap_auth_provider:
     level: DEBUG

Finally, restart your Synapse server for the changes to take effect:

synctl restart