Splunk® Enterprise

Securing the Splunk Platform

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Manage Splunk user roles with LDAP

To configure Splunk Enterprise to use LDAP authentication, first create a Splunk strategy for each LDAP server and then map Splunk roles to that server's groups. When a user attempts to log in, Splunk Enterprise queries the server(s) to find the user. It grants the user permissions based on any roles associated with the LDAP groups the user is a member of.

When it comes to changing a user's permissions, you have several options:

  • To change the permissions for a group of users, you can remap the LDAP group to a different Splunk role. You can also update the role itself to specify a different set of permissions for it. You do this on Splunk Enterprise .
  • To change the permissions for an individual user, you can move the user to an LDAP group mapped to a different Splunk role. You do this on the LDAP server.

Here are some other user management activities:

  • To add a user to a Splunk role: First, on Splunk Web, make sure that you've mapped the Splunk role to an LDAP group. Then, on your LDAP server, add the user to that LDAP group.
  • To remove a user from a Splunk role: On your LDAP server, remove the user from the corresponding LDAP group.

A user can have membership in several roles. In that case, the user has access to all the capabilities available for any of those roles. For example, if the user is a member of both the docs and eng groups, and docs is mapped to "user" and eng is mapped to "admin", the user obtains all permissions assigned to both the "user" or "admin" roles.

Note: Splunk Enterprise checks LDAP membership information when a user attempts to log in. You do not need to reload the authentication configuration when adding or removing users.

Last modified on 09 June, 2016
Set up user authentication with LDAP
LDAP prerequisites and considerations

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14, 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.4.10, 6.4.11, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.5.6, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.5.10, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 6.6.4, 6.6.5, 6.6.6, 6.6.7, 6.6.8, 6.6.9, 6.6.10, 6.6.11, 6.6.12, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.1.9, 7.1.10, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 7.2.10, 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6, 7.3.7, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.1.0

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