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Sometimes adapting an application to query NetAuth directly isn’t practical, and instead its easier to adapt NetAuth to speak to the application. The LDAP proxy provides a “meet in the middle” approach where an application will speak LDAP to the proxy, and the proxy translates these requests to the native NetAuth2 protocol for transmission to the server.


Precompiled binaries can be obtained from the GitHub Releases Page. Additionally, docker containers are provided from the GitHub Container Registry.

If you wish to install as a system daemon the process must either be run as root or provided sufficient capabilities to bind port 389 for cleartext mode, or 636 for TLS encrypted mode. You are strongly encouraged to use TLS encryption, and only use unencrypted LDAP for instances where the communications can be secured via alternate means, such as binding only to localhost.


The proxy reads the standard NetAuth configuration file and serves a read-only LDAP socket on port 389 (unencrypted) or port 636 (TLS). Applications may connect to the server and query as though the proxy were a basic LDAP server, noting that complex filter expressions are likely to not work.


The proxy is regularly tested against Hashicorp Vault and Grafana. Examples of each configuration are shown below:

Hashicorp Vault

Vault must be configured to use the LDAP auth backend. Parameters should be configured as shown below:

  path        = "ldap"
  url         = "ldap://localhost"
  userdn      = "ou=entities,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"
  userattr    = "uid"
  discoverdn  = false
  groupdn     = "ou=entities,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"
  groupfilter = "(uid={{.Username}})"
  groupattr   = "memberOf"


Grafana can be configured to authenticate and dynamically provision LDAP users similar to this example config:

host = "localhost"
port = 389
use_ssl = false
bind_dn = "uid=%s,ou=entities,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"
search_filter = "(uid=%s)"
search_base_dns = ["ou=entities,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"]

username = "uid"
member_of = "memberOf"

group_dn = "cn=grafana-root,ou=groups,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"
org_role = "Admin"
grafana_admin = true # Available in Grafana v5.3 and above

group_dn = "cn=grafana-editor,ou=groups,dc=netauth,dc=example,dc=com"
org_role = "Editor"

group_dn = "*"
org_role = "Viewer"

Note that the above example also shows how you can assign NetAuth groups to Grafana roles to simplify permissions provisioning.