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We've created an OpenLDAP docker image for local development environment and functional testing purposes. We have two protocols to choose from:

  • ldap protocol - port 389
  • ldaps (LDAP over SSL) protocol - port 636

From what I understand, non-secure option is easier to set up and there is no SSL impact on performance - tests may potentially be faster overall.

What potential problems are likely if we turn the SSL off for functional testing purposes?

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For functional testing I would expect to have no impact at all. The LDAP protocol is functionally identical independent of whether it is over SSL or not.

For non-functional testing (e.g. performance testing as you highlighted) there will potentially be some differences. You could work around this by performing your non-functional testing in an environment that does use ldaps.

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