IMAPEXT Working Group A. Melnikov Internet Draft Editor Document: draft-ietf-imapext-acl-01.txt November 2001 IMAP4 ACL extension Status of this Memo This document is an Internet Draft and is in full conformance with all provisions of Section 10 of RFC 2026. Internet Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its Areas, and its Working Groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet Drafts. Internet Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months. Internet Drafts may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is not appropriate to use Internet Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as ``work in progress''. The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-abstracts.txt The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html. Directories on ds.internic.net, nic.nordu.net, ftp.isi.edu, or munnari.oz.au. A revised version of this draft document will be submitted to the RFC editor as a Proposed Standard for the Internet Community. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested. Distribution of this draft is unlimited. 0. Open issues This section will be removed when the draft will be published as RFC. It is intended to simplify discussion. 1). Should the document define exact syntax for identifiers starting with '$'? For example, the following was proposed by Mark Crispin: Definable identifiers. Server implementations are *NOT* required to use any of these, but if they do, these are their semantics. Note that definable identifiers may expand to other definable identifiers. $G$xxx global identifier xxx. Valid everywhere $U$xxx per-user identifier xxx. Valid only for the logged-in user $M$xxx per-mailbox identifer xxx. Valid only for this mailbox $xxxxx reserved for future definition Non-definable identifiers. Server implementations SHOULD support $WORLD, and MUST support anyone and user names. However, a server can respond with a NO. $WORLD all authorized users but not anonymous $ANONYMOUS anonymous users $DISABLE disabled rights 2). Should the document define additional capabilities for servers that implement "union of positive rights minus union of negative rigths"? Or maybe add capability for implementations that use the most specific rights? 3). Do we need a mechanism to encode login names if they start with $, dash? 4). Drop identifiers starting with dash? 1. Abstract The ACL extension of the Internet Message Access Protocol [IMAP4] permits access control lists to be manipulated through the IMAP protocol. 2. Conventions Used in this Document In examples, "C:" and "S:" indicate lines sent by the client and server respectively. 3. Introduction and Overview The ACL extension is present in any IMAP4 implementation which returns "ACL" as one of the supported capabilities to the CAPABILITY command. An access control list is a set of <identifier,rights> pairs. Identifier is a UTF-8 string. The identifier "anyone" is reserved to refer to the universal identity (all authentications, including anonymous). All user name strings accepted by the LOGIN or AUTHENTICATE commands to authenticate to the IMAP server are reserved as identifiers for the corresponding user. Identifiers starting with a dash ("-") are reserved for "negative rights", described below. Identifiers starting with a dollar sign ("$") are reserved for groups and implementation defined aliases. All other identifier strings are interpreted in an implementation-defined manner. Rights is a string listing a (possibly empty) set of alphanumeric characters, each character listing a set of operations which is being controlled. Letters are reserved for ''standard'' rights, listed below. The set of standard rights may only be extended by a standards-track document. Digits are reserved for implementation or site defined rights. The currently defined standard rights are: l - lookup (mailbox is visible to LIST/LSUB commands) r - read (SELECT the mailbox, perform CHECK, FETCH, PARTIAL, SEARCH, COPY from mailbox) s - keep seen/unseen information across sessions (STORE \SEEN flag) w - write (STORE flags other than \SEEN and \DELETED) i - insert (perform APPEND, COPY into mailbox) p - post (send mail to submission address for mailbox, not enforced by IMAP4 itself) c - create mailboxes (CREATE new sub-mailboxes in any implementation-defined hierarchy, parent mailbox for the new mailbox name in RENAME). When a new mailbox is created it SHOULD inherit rights from the parent mailbox (if one exists) in the defined hierarchy. x - delete mailbox (DELETE mailbox, old mailbox name in RENAME) d - delete messages (STORE \DELETED flag) e - perform EXPUNGE a - administer (perform SETACL) Note, that moving (RENAME command) mailbox from one parent to another requires "x" right on the mailbox itself and "c" right for the new parent. For example, if the user wants to rename mailbox named "A/B/C" ("/" is hierarchy separator) to "D/E", the user must have "x" right for mailbox "A/B/C" and "c" right for mailbox "D". An implementation may tie rights together or may force rights to always or never be granted to particular identifiers. For example, in an implementation that uses unix mode bits, the rights "wisd" are tied, the "a" right is always granted to the owner of a mailbox and is never granted to another user. If rights are tied in an implementation, the implementation must be conservative in granting rights in response to SETACL commands--unless all rights in a tied set are specified, none of that set should be included in the ACL entry for that identifier. A client may discover the set of rights which may be granted to a given identifier in the ACL for a given mailbox by using the LISTRIGHTS command. When an identifier in an ACL starts with a dash ("-"), that indicates that associated rights are to be removed from the identifier that is prefixed by the dash. This is referred to as a "negative right". For example, if the identifier "-fred" is granted the "w" right, that indicates that the "w" right is to be removed from users matching the identifier "fred". Server implementations are not required to support having identifiers which start with a dash in ACLs. It is possible for multiple identifiers in an access control list to apply to a given user (or other authentication identity). For example, an ACL may include rights to be granted to the identifier matching the user, one or more implementation-defined identifiers matching groups which include the user, and/or the identifier "anyone". How these rights are combined to determine the user's access is implementation-defined. An implementation may choose, for example, to use the union of the rights granted to the applicable identifiers minus the union of the negative rights applying to the applicable identifiers. An implementation may instead choose, for example, to only use those rights granted to the most specific identifier present in the ACL. A client may determine the set of rights granted to the logged-in user for a given mailbox by using the MYRIGHTS command. 4. Commands 4.1. SETACL Arguments: mailbox name authentication identifier access right modification Data: no specific data for this command Result: OK - setacl completed NO - setacl failure: can't set acl BAD - command unknown or arguments invalid The SETACL command changes the access control list on the specified mailbox so that the specified identifier is granted permissions as specified in the third argument. The third argument is a string containing an optional plus ("+") or minus ("-") prefix, followed by zero or more rights characters. If the string starts with a plus, the following rights are added to any existing rights for the identifier. If the string starts with a minus, the following rights are removed from any existing rights for the identifier. If the string does not start with a plus or minus, the rights replace any existing rights for the identifier. 4.2. DELETEACL Arguments: mailbox name authentication identifier Data: no specific data for this command Result: OK - deleteacl completed NO - deleteacl failure: can't delete acl BAD - command unknown or arguments invalid The DELETEACL command removes any <identifier,rights> pair for the specified identifier from the access control list for the specified mailbox. 4.3. GETACL Arguments: mailbox name Data: untagged responses: ACL Result: OK - getacl completed NO - getacl failure: can't get acl BAD - command unknown or arguments invalid The GETACL command returns the access control list for mailbox in an untagged ACL reply. Example: C: A002 GETACL INBOX S: * ACL INBOX Fred rwipslexda S: A002 OK Getacl complete 4.4. LISTRIGHTS Arguments: mailbox name authentication identifier Data: untagged responses: LISTRIGHTS Result: OK - listrights completed NO - listrights failure: can't get rights list BAD - command unknown or arguments invalid The LISTRIGHTS command takes a mailbox name and an identifier and returns information about what rights may be granted to the identifier in the ACL for the mailbox. Example: C: a001 LISTRIGHTS ~/Mail/saved smith S: * LISTRIGHTS ~/Mail/saved smith la r swi cdex S: a001 OK Listrights completed C: a005 LISTRIGHTS archive.imap anyone S: * LISTRIGHTS archive.imap anyone "" l r s w i p c d a e x 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 S: a005 OK Listrights completed 4.5. MYRIGHTS Arguments: mailbox name Data: untagged responses: MYRIGHTS Result: OK - myrights completed NO - myrights failure: can't get rights BAD - command unknown or arguments invalid The MYRIGHTS command returns the set of rights that the user has to mailbox in an untagged MYRIGHTS reply. Example: C: A003 MYRIGHTS INBOX S: * MYRIGHTS INBOX rwipsldexa S: A003 OK Myrights complete 5. Responses 5.1. ACL Data: mailbox name zero or more identifier rights pairs The ACL response occurs as a result of a GETACL command. The first string is the mailbox name for which this ACL applies. This is followed by zero or more pairs of strings, each pair contains the identifier for which the entry applies followed by the set of rights that the identifier has. 5.2. LISTRIGHTS Data: mailbox name identifier required rights list of optional rights The LISTRIGHTS response occurs as a result of a LISTRIGHTS command. The first two strings are the mailbox name and identifier for which this rights list applies. Following the identifier is a string containing the (possibly empty) set of rights the identifier will always be granted in the mailbox. Following this are zero or more strings each containing a set of rights the identifier may be granted in the mailbox. Rights mentioned in the same string are tied together--either all must be granted to the identifier in the mailbox or none may be granted. The same right may not be listed more than once in the LISTRIGHTS command. 5.3. MYRIGHTS Data: mailbox name rights The MYRIGHTS response occurs as a result of a MYRIGHTS command. The first string is the mailbox name for which these rights apply. The second string is the set of rights that the client has. 6. Formal Syntax The following syntax specification uses the augmented Backus-Naur Form (BNF) notation as specified in [RFC-822] as modified by [IMAP4]. Non-terminals referenced but not defined below are as defined by [IMAP4]. Except as noted otherwise, all alphabetic characters are case-insensitive. The use of upper or lower case characters to define token strings is for editorial clarity only. Implementations MUST accept these strings in a case-insensitive fashion. acl_data ::= "ACL" SPACE mailbox *(SPACE identifier SPACE rights) deleteacl ::= "DELETEACL" SPACE mailbox SPACE identifier getacl ::= "GETACL" SPACE mailbox identifier ::= astring ;; UTF-8 listrights ::= "LISTRIGHTS" SPACE mailbox SPACE identifier listrights_data ::= "LISTRIGHTS" SPACE mailbox SPACE identifier SPACE rights *(SPACE rights) mod_rights ::= astring ;; +rights to add, -rights to remove myrights ::= "MYRIGHTS" SPACE mailbox myrights_data ::= "MYRIGHTS" SPACE mailbox SPACE rights rights ::= astring setacl ::= "SETACL" SPACE mailbox SPACE identifier SPACE mod_rights 7. References [IMAP4] Crispin, M., "Internet Message Access Protocol - Version 4", RFC 1730, University of Washington, December 1994. [RFC-822] Crocker, D., "Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages", STD 11, RFC 822. [UTF-8] Yergeau, F., "UTF-8, a transformation format of IS0 10646", RFC 2279. 8. Security Considerations An implementation must make sure the ACL commands themselves do not give information about mailboxes with appropriately restricted ACL's. For example, a GETACL command on a mailbox for which the user has insufficient rights should not admit the mailbox exists, much less return the mailbox's ACL. 9. Aknowledgement This document is a revision of the RFC 2086 written by John G. Myers. Editor also appreciate comments received from Mark Crispin, Chris Newman, Curtis King, Lyndon Nerenberg and other members of IMAPEXT working group. 10. Editor's Address Alexey Melnikov mailto: Alexey.Melnikov@messagingdirect.com ACI WorldWide/MessagingDirect 900 10117 - Jasper Ave. Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1W8, CANADA Appendix A. Changes since RFC 2086 1. Changed the charset of "identifier" from US-ASCII to UTF-8. 2. Specified that identifiers starting with a dollar sign ("$") are reserved for groups and implementation defined aliases. 3. Specified that mailbox deletion is controled by the "x" right and EXPUNGE is controlled by "e" right. 4. Clarified that RENAME requires "c" right for the new parent and "x" right for the old name.