AIX portability problem in samba3 passdb/pdb_ldap.c

Chris Cowan cc at
Mon Aug 14 15:36:12 GMT 2006

Thanks for the offer.   I was trying to stick to using IBM's proprietary
compiler, and the native OS libraries.  In doing some google searches, it
appears that other opensource packages have run into this.  Although
strptime() is not "technically" broken on AIX, and I found at least one PMR
opened on this issue to clarify the correct behavior.

I just wanted to point out this problem, since I'm sure it will probably
rear on plaforms other than Linux.   I wrote something using sscanf and
sprintf to quickly fix this (but then found out about include/safe_string.h

I should also mention that the actual core file was generated from the
timegm(&tm) call.    The member values in tm were non-sensical after the
failed strptime() and were subsequently used as an array indices, etc.
(tm->tm_mon in particular).      Perhaps timegm() should do some range


David Collier-Brown <davec-b at> wrote on 08/13/2006 05:19:12 PM:

>    Numerous strptimes require whitespace, so one often parses
> such date-stamps with sscanf, as we did before strptime was invented.
>    If you can't use the glibc version for some reason, I can
> happily write you a strptime implemented by rewriting the
> date string into a sscanf string.
> --dave (who is doing porting libraries in his Copious Spare Time) c-b
> Chris Cowan wrote:
> >
> > Just ran across this problem with the Samba 3 LDAP passdb code on AIX.
> > was getting intermittent failures authenticating on AIX 5.2 and total
> > failure on AIX 5.3.
> >
> > The code is checking the modifyTimestamp attribute in ldap and then
> > the string into struct tm with strptime().    My ldap servers return
> > timestamp in the format "20060810153445Z."  strptime() on AIX wants the
> > fields in the buffer to be delimited.  (e.g. with whitespace like "2006
> > 10 15 34 45Z")    The glib2 version on Linux doesn't require this.  Of
> > course, there is also a question of whether you should have this
> > definition, too:

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