I’ve recently been working on getting ANTS (an applicant tracking system based on the Mantis Bug Tracker code) configured to use AD/LDAP for authentication. I’m going to leave this tutorial here in case anybody else who has been having problems with configuring Mantis/ANTS for LDAP authentication comes upon this post - both of these applications (Mantis and Ants) use the same authentication code.

The most important items are to have an account that you can run LDAP queries through and to make sure that the application is configured for LDAP authentication.

In your config_inc.php file (this file will override settings in config_defaults_inc.php), you’ll want to include the following configurations (I added a few comments of my own):

# --- login method ----------------
 # You can simply change this at will. Mantis will try to figure out how the passwords were encrypted.
 $g_login_method                = LDAP;
 # Mantis LDAP Settings
# look in README.LDAP for details
# --- using openldap -------------
 $g_ldap_server           = 'LDAP://domain.com';
 $g_ldap_port             = '389'; # 636 for LDAP over SSL
 $g_ldap_root_dn          = 'ou=Users,dc=domain,dc=com';
 $g_ldap_organization     = ''; # e.g. '(organizationname=*Traffic)'
 $g_ldap_uid_field        = 'sAMAccountName'; # Use 'sAMAccountName' for Active Directory
 $g_ldap_bind_dn          = 'johndoe'; # Username
 $g_ldap_bind_passwd      = 'opensesame'; # Password
 $g_use_ldap_email        = ON; # Should we send to the LDAP email address or what MySql tells us
# The LDAP Protocol Version, if 0, then the protocol version is not set.
 $g_ldap_protocol_version = 3;

One caveat is that the base Distinguished Name $g_ldap_root_dn needs to be very specific. I personally had a few issues trying to query with an incomplete base DN; when I attempted to authenticate with credentials I knew were valid, I was still unable to log into the system.

In order to hunt down the full DN where the user you’re searching for may be located, run a LDAP query using this command (make sure ldapsearch is installed first):

ldapsearch -H LDAP://domain.com -b "dc=domain,dc=com" -D "Users\johndoe" -w opensesame "(sAMAccountName=johndoe)"

The -H option is used to specify the URI of the LDAP server, -b is the base DN for your search, -D is for the DN (username) you’ll use to bind, -w is used for your password (use -W if you don’t want to enter your password into the command itself), and the final portion is the query itself.

If your query was successful, look for the dn or distinguishedName attributes to figure out where the username you want to search for is located.

Another caveat in the way LDAP authentication works with Mantis/ANTS is that a local account has to be made that matches the LDAP account you want to authenticate with.

For example, if you wanted to log into Mantis/ANTS using an LDAP account with the username / password credentials of johndoe / opensesame, then you must have a pre-existing account with the username johndoe and the password opensesame already in the Mantis/ANTS database. This is probably no surprise.

This can be a problem when you either can’t - or don’t want to - import all the relevant users under AD to your Mantis/ANTS database. A workaround is to make the following edits to the beginning of the auth_attempt_login() function in authentication_api.php:

function auth_attempt_login( $p_username, $p_password, $p_perm_login=false ) {
    $t_user_id = user_get_id_by_name( $p_username );

    $t_login_method = config_get( 'login_method' );

    if ( false === $t_user_id ) {
        if ( BASIC_AUTH == $t_login_method || LDAP == $t_login_method ) {
            if ( BASIC_AUTH == $t_login_method ) {
                # attempt to create the user if using BASIC_AUTH
                $t_cookie_string = user_create( $p_username, $p_password );
            } else if ( LDAP == $t_login_method) {
                $t_cookie_string = user_create( $p_username, $p_password,
                ldap_email_from_username( $p_username ) );

            if ( false === $t_cookie_string ) {
                # it didn't work
                return false;

            # ok, we created the user, get the row again
            $t_user_id = user_get_id_by_name( $p_username );

            if ( false === $t_user_id ) {
                # uh oh, something must be really wrong
                # @@@ trigger an error here?
                return false;
        } else {
            return false;

What this does is create a user in Mantis/ANTS upon login attempt if the user doesn’t exist yet.

Please note that this particular edit relies on a proper e-mail attribute being returned from the LDAP query - if there is no valid e-mail being returned, an error will be generated when attempting to log in with a currently non-existent account (that is, non-existent on Mantis/ANTS).

There is also the potential problem of cluttering up your database with bogus accounts.

It’s not the most elegant solution, and there are improvements that can be made in the code, but this should be enough to get you started.

And that’s it! You may run into some configuration issues particular to your scenario, but what I posted here should work.