Posts etiquetados ‘secldapclntd’

We want to known who will work AIX with duplicated users and groups in the BUILTIN and LDAP databases.

In Linux, with NSS, the OS follows the rules defined in /etc/nsswitch.conf, and merges the credentials. If two users entries same name and different id or vice versa, it will get the first one. But in AIX is different.


AIX LDAP integration is not up to expectations. Its cache daemon, secldapclntd,
has a lot of problems:it often crashes, queries are slow, etc…

To mitigate problems, one workaround could be create the most important users locally,
using the KRB5files repository.

With this idea, this script will query a set of given groups from the AIX LDAP
registry using the AIX command line tools (lsuser, lsgroup), and it will create
them locally (mkgroup, mkuser).

To make it work, the host must be integrated with remote repository and must be able to resolve users and groups with LDAP method. You need LDAP method and KRB5files method configured. It can be easily changed to use other methods.

This script also supports nested groups from Active Directory.

The AIX service secldapclntd “Provides and manages connection between the AIX LDAP load module of the local host and LDAP Security Information Server, and handles transactions from the LDAP load module to the LDAP Security Information Server.”

This services fails too often. Each new version of AIX, brings new failures in this services. Failures appear more often if the LDAP server has a lot of users and groups.

When it fails:

  • sometimes does not reply, its hung
  • sometimes it consumes all CPU and lasts a lot to reply
  • sometimes it simply dies with a core.

This script will check and monitor it and restart it if necesary.

You can test this script stoping the service:

kill -STOP $(ps -fea| grep -v grep |grep /usr/sbin/secldapclntd| awk '{print $2}' )

You can add an entry to cron to execute it:

if crontab -l | grep /usr/local/bin/; then
   echo "Already configured."
  crontab -l > /tmp/$$.crontab
  cat >> /tmp/$$.crontab <<EOF
# Check secldapclntd each 5 minutes
5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /usr/local/bin/ check-and-restart > /dev/null
  crontab /tmp/$$.crontab
  rm /tmp/$$.crontab

And here goes the script (/usr/local/bin/