Authentication Users Password


LL::NG uses Apache SSL module, like any other Apache authentication module, with extra features:

  • Choice of any certificate attribute as user main login
  • Allow no certificate to chain with other authentication methods


By default, SSL is required before the portal is displayed (handled by webserver). If you want to display a button to connect to LLNG (compatible with Combination), you can activate “SSL by Ajax request” in the manager. See SSL by Ajax below.

With Apache

Enable SSL in Apache

You have to install mod_ssl for Apache.

For CentOS/RHEL:

yum install mod_ssl
In Debian/Ubuntu mod_ssl is already shipped in apache*-common package.
For CentOS/RHEL, We advice to disable the default SSL virtual host configured in /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.

Apache SSL global configuration

You can then use this default SSL configuration, for example in the head of /etc/lemonldap-ng/portal-apache2.conf:

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2
SSLCertificateFile /etc/httpd/certs/ow2.cert
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/certs/ow2.key
SSLCACertificateFile /etc/httpd/certs/ow2-ca.cert
Put your own files instead of ow2.cert, ow2.key, ow2-ca.cert:
  • SSLCertificateFile: Server certificate
  • SSLCertificateKeyFile: Server private key
  • SSLCACertificateFile: CA certificate to validate client certificates

If you specify port in virtual host, then declare SSL port:

NameVirtualHost *:80
NameVirtualHost *:443

Apache portal SSL configuration

Edit the portal virtual host to enable SSL double authentication:

SSLEngine On
SSLVerifyClient optional
SSLVerifyDepth 10
SSLOptions +StdEnvVars

All SSL options are documented in Apache mod_ssl page.

Here are the main options used by LL::NG:

  • SSLVerifyClient: set to optional to allow user with a bad certificate to access to LL::NG portal page. To switch to another authentication backend, use the Multi module, for example: Multi SSL;LDAP
  • SSLOptions: set to +StdEnvVars to get certificate fields in environment variables
  • SSLUserName (optional): certificate field that will be used to identify user in LL::NG portal virtual host

With Nginx

Enable SSL:

ssl on;
ssl_verify_client optional;
ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/my/fullchain.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/my/privkey.pem;
ssl_verify_depth 3;
ssl_client_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/ca.pem;
ssl_crl /etc/nginx/ssl/crl/my.crl;

You must also export SSL_CLIENT_S_DN_CN in FastCGI params:

map $ssl_client_s_dn  $ssl_client_s_dn_cn {
           default           "";
           ~/CN=(?<CN>[^/]+) $CN;
fastcgi_param  SSL_CLIENT_S_DN_CN $ssl_client_s_dn_cn;

Configuration of LemonLDAP::NG

In Manager, go in General Parameters > Authentication modules and choose SSL for authentication.

You can then choose any other module for users and password.

Then, go in SSL parameters:

  • Authentication level: authentication level for this module
  • Extracted certificate field: field of the certificate affected to $user internal variable

Auto reloading SSL Certificates

A known problematic is that many browser (Firefox, Chrome) remembers the fact that the certificate is not available at a certain time. It is particularly important for smart cards: when the card is not inserted before the browser starts, the user must restart his browser, or at least refresh (F5) the page.

It is possible with AJAX code and 3 Apache locations to bypass this limitation.

1. Modify the portal virtual host to match this example:

    SSLEngine On
    SSLCACertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/ca.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/lemonldap.key
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/lemonldap.crt
    SSLVerifyDepth 10
    SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    # DocumentRoot
    DocumentRoot /var/lib/lemonldap-ng/portal/
    <Directory /var/lib/lemonldap-ng/portal/>
        Order Deny,Allow
        Allow from all
        Options +ExecCGI +FollowSymLinks
        SSLVerifyClient none
    <Location /index>
        Order Deny,Allow
        Allow from all
        SSLVerifyClient none
    <Location /testssl>
        Order Deny,Allow
        Allow from all
        SSLVerifyClient require
    Alias /sslok /var/lib/lemonldap-ng/portal
    <Location /sslok>
        Order Deny,Allow
        Allow from all
        SSLVerifyClient require
  • /index/ is an unprotected page to display a SSL test button
  • /testssl/ is a SSL protected page to check the certificate
  • /sslok/ is the new LemonLDAP::NG portal. You need to declare the new url in the manager: Portal → URL:

2. Then you need to construct the Ajax page, for example in /index/bouton.html. It looks like this:

<script src="./jquery-2.1.4.min.js"             type="text/javascript"> </script>
<!--<script src="./jquery-ui-1.8-rass.js"   type="text/javascript">  </script>-->
<a href="" class="enteteBouton" id="continuerButton"><img src=authent.png></a>
$('.enteteBouton').click( function (e) {
  var b=navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();
          if (c !== "") {
                alert("Carte OK");
                window.location.href = "";
          else {
              alert('Carte KO');
        error:function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError){
          if(xhr.status==404) {
                alert("Carte OK");
                window.location.href = "";
          else {
              alert('Carte KO');
It is incompatible with authentication combination because of Apache parameter “SSLVerifyClient”, which must have the value “require”. To enable SSL with Combination, use SSL by Ajax

SSL by Ajax

If you enable this feature, you must configure 2 portal virtual hosts:

  • the main (which corresponds to portal URL) with SSLVerifyClient none
  • the second with SSLVerifyClient require and a Header set Allow-Control-Allow-Origin https://portal-main-url

then declare the second URL in SSL options in the Manager. That's all ! Then you can chain it in a combination.