You install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) or Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008.
You enable the option for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) signing on the server. This signing requires an integrity protection mechanism for a LDAP-bind request that uses the Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) authentication.
A client uses the Generic Security Services Application Programming Interface (GSS-API) and the SASL authentication to perform a LDAP bind operation on the server. The client uses a value of "4" for the security layer field to perform the LDAP bind operation.
Note A value of "4" for the security layer field indicates that the "confidentiality protection" bit is enabled to create a bind to the LDAP server.
In this scenario, the LDAP bind operation fails.
Note The bind operation succeeds if the client uses a value of "6" for the security layer field. A value of "6" for the security layer field indicates that both the "Integrity protection" bit and the "confidentiality protection" bit are enabled.
A request that uses the SASL-layer integrity protection and a request that uses the SASL-layer confidentiality protection are handled differently by AD DS. A server rejects an LDAP bind from a client and returns the "strongAuthRequired" error if the following conditions are true:
The server is configured to require an integrity protection mechanism.
The client that performs the bind operation does not request an "integrity protection" bit. Or, the more common scenario when the client requests a "confidentiality protection" bit and does not separately request an "integrity protection" bit.
By default, a server that is running Windows Server 2008 rejects an LDAP blind from a client when these conditions are true. However, some LDAP clients assume that an integrity protection mechanism is also enabled even though the client uses a value of "4" for the security layer field.
For example, assume that a client is running Sun Solaris and uses a value of "4" for the security layer field. In this scenario, a bind operation from this client is rejected by a server that is running Windows Server 2008.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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There are no prerequisites.
To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 file information notes
The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
6.0.600 1. 22xxx
Windows Server 2008
6.0.600 2. 22xxx
Windows Server 2008
Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the SASL authentication, visit the following Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Web site:
For more information about how to enable LDAP signing in Windows Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935834 How to enable LDAP signing in Windows Server 2008
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Additional file information
Additional file information for Windows Server 2008
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
Windows HPC Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2