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Bug #17738 SSL support for LDAP
Submitted: 2002-06-13 06:01 UTC Modified: 2016-10-29 20:12 UTC
Avg. Score:4.3 ± 0.8
Reproduced:14 of 14 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (7.1%)
Same OS:4 (28.6%)
From: benoit at gide dot net Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: LDAP related
PHP Version: 4.2.1 OS: Redhat 6.2 7.1 7.2
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2002-06-13 06:01 UTC] benoit at gide dot net
Compiled modules:
./configure --with-apache=../apache_1.3.24 --with-openssl --with-ldap

I have a problem when i use php to bind my ldap directory over ssl

If i use on shell command
ldapsearch -x -H 'ldaps://localhost/' -b 'uid=100000, ou=company, dc=domain, dc=com'  -D 'uid=100000, ou=company, dc=mydomain, dc=com' -W
I have good result

My script is like that :

$server = "ldap://localhost" ;
$dn = "uid=100000, ou=company, dc=domain, dc=com";
$value = "password";

$dn = "ou=company, dc=domain, dc=com";
$filtre = "(cn=*DUPONT*)";
$sr = ldap_search($ds, $dn, $filtre);
$info = ldap_get_entries($ds, $sr);

for ($i=0; $i < $info["count"]; $i++) {
     print "UID: ".$info[$i]["urn"][0]."<br /><br />";


i have a result, but if i change $server = "ldap://localhost" by "ldaps://localhost) i have a error message "Can't contact LDAP server"


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 [2002-06-13 10:28 UTC]
I don't think PHP supports LDAP over SSL. Making this a feature request, and updating summary.
 [2002-06-13 10:46 UTC]
Let's keep this in the right category. Easier for the 
extension maintainer(s) to find these then.

 [2002-06-21 15:17 UTC]
If you use the OpenLDAP 2.x.x lib, the script below
should work. At least I don't see anything wrong.
Only error I can think of is that the lib isn't
compiled with SSL, but if this was the lib used when building ldapsearch, then this should be okay too.

PHP doesn't really do anything clever with LDAP and SSL
here, it only passes the URL to the lib in ldap_connect()
and the lib will/should use SSL since the URL starts with
ldaps. This is exactly what ldapsearch does too. So I
don't really see what's wrong here.

I would try to see what LDAP library is used and check
whether it's compiled with SSL. strace/tcpdump/gdb might
be of use to see what's going on.
 [2002-09-11 11:19 UTC]
No feedback was provided. The bug is being suspended because
we assume that you are no longer experiencing the problem.
If this is not the case and you are able to provide the
information that was requested earlier, please do so and
change the status of the bug back to "Open". Thank you.

 [2003-07-19 00:18 UTC] phpdeveloper at chinese dot university dot hk
i am using IIS+windows xp+php4.3.2.2 facing the same problem and can not connect to the ldap except using ldaps://host:636/ but success using ldap://host/
 [2004-12-09 09:54 UTC] sami at sipponen dot com
"phpdeveloper at chinese dot university dot hk"'s  problem seems to be related an issue with PHP Windows build's "not so good documented features"... See the link below:

It seems that there are some hard coded config file issues with PHP's ldap extension.

Copy&paste from the site which link is above:

create the directory: C:\OpenLDAP\sysconf\ and put there a ldap.conf file which contains in its first line: 
 [2006-10-01 02:35 UTC] michael at akatose dot de
This error not only happens with SSL (ldaps), but also when using StartTLS.

On my system, the correct CA certificate is referenced in /etc/ldap/ldap.conf and command line utilities can connect without problems:
    ~# ldapsearch -v -x -ZZ "(objectClass=*)"
    ldap_initialize( <DEFAULT> )
    filter: (objectClass=*)
    requesting: ALL
    # extended LDIF
    # ...

But the following PHP script fails (on PHP-5.1.2 from Ubuntu-6.06):
        $server = ldap_connect("ldap://");
        ldap_set_option($server, LDAP_OPT_PROTOCOL_VERSION, 3);
        $result = ldap_read($server, "dc=example,dc=com", "(objectclass=*)");
        $entry = ldap_get_entries($server, $result);
        // everything works fine up to this point
        // no network problems, we are really talking to the server

        // this fails:
        // Warning: ldap_start_tls() [function.ldap-start-tls]:
        // Unable to start TLS: Connect error in /var/www/ldaptest.php on line 10


As you can see a "Connect error" is returned, altough this seems to be an error while checking the server certificate. I can get the command line utilities to throw the same error by making the CA certificate unreadable:
    ~# ldapsearch -v -x -ZZ "(objectClass=*)"
    ldap_initialize( <DEFAULT> )
    ldap_start_tls: Connect error (-11)

The PHP script will work, if I disable the verification of the server certificate by putting the already mentioned "TLS_REQCERT never" in /etc/ldap/ldap.conf
 [2006-10-02 02:28 UTC] michael at akatose dot de
Ok, this problem vanished, as soon as I replaced the wildcard-certificate at the LDAP server (CN=* with a "simple" certificate (

I double-checked this with another wildcard-certificate, which is also accepted by the command line utilities. Again, PHP's ldap_start_tls() returns false and gives its warning "Unable to start TLS: Connect error".
A capture of the network traffic to the LDAP server reveals, that even though ldap_start_tls() returns false, the connection is encrypted afterwards.

So it seems, that the handling of the return code is wrong, when using wildcard-certificates.
 [2010-05-01 19:24 UTC]
-Status: No Feedback +Status: Open
 [2010-05-01 19:24 UTC]
Here's the bug again. See:
 [2016-10-29 20:12 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Wont fix
 [2016-10-29 20:12 UTC]
We are sorry, but we can not support PHP 4 related problems anymore.

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