One IPA for all environments

FreeIPA server is running on the oVirt setup: as experimental service for central management of user accounts and hosts enrolled.

The kerberos domain is:


All users having admin access to all domain accounts must use two factor authentication/One Time Passwords (see above for registering an OTP token).

Conventions for enrolling a host

It’s a good idea to stick to some conventions.

  1. The hostname should specify the environment the host is for/in. If the host is for all environments, you can skip this. A hostname in kaizen should begin with kaizen- or kzn-. The latter is preffered, since its faster to type.
  2. If you are registering a node, it would be a good idea to encode the location in the name. Example: neu-3-21 tells us that the host is in Northeastern cluster, rack 3, unit 21.
  3. Don’t make the name too long either! kaizen-hil-node-for-bmi-users-only.

Conventions for making sudo rules, HBAC rules, host groups or user groups

Pretty much like how we name the hosts. Make sure to append the environment name when making such entries.

Client Enrollment

  1. IMPORTANT : kerberos auth depends on time being in sync on client and server. Run the following commands to sync time on boot.
echo "service ntpd stop && ntpdate && service ntpd start" >> etc/rc.lical
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.local
  1. Install the FreeIPA packages
  • CentOS/RHEL : yum install -y ipa-client
  1. Clients may be enrolled with ipa-client-install --mkhomedir --enable-dns-updates by a user who is part of the enrollers group. --mkhomedir creates a new homedir for users who haven’t logged into a machine before
  2. IMPORTANT STEP Once the client is enrolled, password auth is enabled, we need to update pam.d config in /etc/pam.d/sshd config to disable that. Comment this line to disable password auth.
#auth       substack     password-auth
  • Ubuntu bug Ubuntu FreeIPA ignores the –mkhomedir option. To fix this, run:
echo 'session required skel=/etc/skel/' >> /etc/pam.d/common-session

This bug has been reported here. An alternative fix may be found on this webpage.

Sudo on ipa hosts

To give sudo access on a machine:

  • Make sure the HBAC rule allows sudo, su-l, sudo-i (or whatever you want) in addition to basic sshd. You could make a separate HBAC rule just for sudo.
  • Then create a sudo rule to allow a user/user-group to run any command (there’s only one) on the hosts/host-groups as anyone.

When you make changes to the sudo rule, you may have to delete the sssd database and files, and restart sssd.

rm -r /var/lib/sss/db/*
service sssd restart

Registering an OTP

  1. Download an application for your mobile device like FreeOTP or Duo. Duo is used by BU for BUworks.
  2. Authenticate as an existing admin user using “kinit
  3. Run: (if using FreeOTP) ipa otptoken-add --owner=<user> --algo=sha512
  • Otherwise (e.g. when using Duo), you can use the default sha1 (which is less secure) by running: ipa otptoken-add --owner=<user>

Configuring replicates

When enabling replicates, you will need to open up some ports in the firewall so the replicates can talk to each other. These include:

[from firewall-cmd --list-all-zones]
internal (active)
  interfaces: eth1
  services: dhcpv6-client dns freeipa-ldap freeipa-ldaps freeipa-replication http https ipp-client kerberos kpasswd ldap ldaps mdns ntp samba-client ssh
  masquerade: no
  rich rules:

The following command does the proper replication, setting up DNS and the CA:

ipa-replica-install --no-ssh --no-sshd --setup-dns --setup-ca --forwarder --forwarder --forwarder --skip-conncheck  ~user/

Disabling anonymous access

Anonymous access to the LDAP directory allows anyone with any access whatsoever to enumerate all of the objects (which includes info on users, hosts, and more).

To disable anonymous LDAP, each directory must have this run per the fedora documentation:

ldapmodify -x -D "cn=Directory Manager" -W -h new_server_ip -p 389

Enter LDAP Password: <<password goes here>>
dn: cn=config
changetype: modify
replace: nsslapd-allow-anonymous-access
nsslapd-allow-anonymous-access: rootdse
<<hit ctrl-D>>