On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 3:30 AM, Fraser Tweedale <ftweedal(a)redhat.com> wrote:
This is at least the second time recently that people needing to
renew service certificates used ``ipa-cacert-manage renew`` (the
wrong command) and either didn't solve the problem or got into a
Clearly we have a usability problem here.
The ipa-cacert-manage(1) man page is clear, but perhaps could use a
prominent statement that it doesn't renew service certs and if
that's all the user needs to do, to use `getcert resubmit` instead.
Right, I think that a lot of people don't understand certificates well
and so they don't distinguish CA cert and other cert. So when they see
a howto for "CA certificate renewal" they understand "certificate
From that perspective another possible culprit is also page:
But I think better would be to enhance `ipa-cacert-manage renew` to
inspect the current CA certificate and if it has, say, more than 75%
of its validity period still to go, to PROMPT the user to confirm
that renewing the *CA* certificate is really what they wanted to do.
What do others think of this idea?
I like the idea.
On Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 05:22:53PM +0200, Florence Blanc-Renaud via FreeIPA-users wrote:
> On 08/01/2017 03:50 PM, Jason B. Nance via FreeIPA-users wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> > I'm running FreeIPA 4.4 (as shipped with current CentOS 7). I had a series
of unfortunate events which resulted in the entire cluster being offline for a matter of a
couple weeks during which the certificate in /etc/httpd/alias expired. I rolled back the
clocks on all of the servers in the cluster and started them successfully, however, the
certificates in /etc/httpd/alias did not get renewed. Is there a process that
automatically handles this or was I supposed to be maintaining that?
> > Additionally, based on:
> > https://www.freeipa.org/page/Howto/CA_Certificate_Renewal
> > ...I ran "ipa-cacert-manage renew" on my CA in a hope that that would
trigger renewals across the boards, but now it appears that only the CA was updated as
none of the server certificates were re-issued and are now all untrusted (I can't do
"kinit admin" any longer as my realm is now down). Is there any chance of
rolling that back or issuing new certs to get things going again?
> ipa-cacert-manage will only renew IPA CA certificate, not the LDAP or HTTP
> server certificates.
> When IPA is using an embedded CA, the LDAP and HTTP server certificates
> should be automatically renewed thanks to certmonger. If the automatic
> renewal did not happen, you can check:
> - if the certificates are indeed tracked by certmonger
> sudo getcert list -n Server-Cert
> The tool should output one cert for HTTP (in /etc/httpd/alias) and one for
> LDAP (in /etc/dirsrv/slapd-DOM...). If the certs are not tracked, you need
> to use getcert start-tracking to track them.
> - if they are tracked but not renewed, check the journal for certmonger
> messages. Certmonger should log a message when a certificate is nearing its
> expiration, and another message when the renewal succeeded.
> When the certificates are expired, the method is to stop ntpd, go back in
> time to a date where the certs were still valid, then manually trigger the
> renewal using getcert resubmit -i <ID>. In case of errors, examine the
> journal logs and try to fix the issue, then relaunch getcert resubmit. Once
> the renewal succeeds, getcert list shows the cert status as MONITORING and
> you can restart ntpd.
> This blog  provides a few examples of issues and their resolution
> > If I have to start over, that is certainly an option. I'm just trying to
get a better understanding of what I should have been doing to avoid this situation in the
> > Thanks,
> > j
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