I've installed a few Foreman servers to provide provisioning and configuration management (via Puppet). This document will cover the steps to replace the self signed certificate used for the web interface with a trusted certificate.
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By default, the Puppet / Foreman server install uses Puppet's own internal CA for issuing SSL certificates. The Foreman install defaults to using the Puppet CA self signed cert for the web interface. The following steps will replace The Foreman's SSL certificate for the user web interface, but will leave the Puppet CA and SSL certs in place for Puppet related work.
I spent a bit of time trying to get this working, but each attempt resulted in a working web interface and broken Puppet master to client communications and Foreman proxy. Essentially, I was changing the SSL certificate entries in too many locations. Dominic on the #theforeman channel on FreeNode IRC directed me to this Google Groups thread that listed the short list of places to make the change. The following steps are based on that post.
- Create the SSL key and csr
sudo su - mkdir /root/Incommon-cert cd /root/Incommon-cert openssl req -out $(hostname)-2048.csr -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout $(hostname -f)-2048.key
- Copy the contents of the csr to the clipboard and use it to request an InCommon SSL certificate
- Once the cert is approved, download the following files to /root/Incommon-cert on the Puppet / Foreman server:
- as X509 Certificate only, Base64 encoded
- as X509 Intermediates/root only, Base64 encoded
- Rename the files so that we know these are InCommon files
mv puppet.tld.blah.crt puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-cert.crt mv puppet.tld.blah_interm.crt puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-interm.crt chown root:root *.crt
- Copy the files to the appropriate directories
cp puppet.tld.blah-2048.key /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/ cp puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-cert.crt /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ cp puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-interm.crt /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ wget https://www.incommon.org/certificates/repository/incommon-ssl.ca-bundle -O /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/incommon-ssl.ca-bundle
- Set the appropriate permissions and SELinux configs for the key
cd /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/ chown puppet:puppet *.key chmod 640 *.key chcon -u system_u -r object_r -t puppet_var_lib_t *.key ls -lZ -rw-r-----. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 puppet.tld.blah-2048.key -rw-r-----. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 puppet.tld.blah.pem
- Set perms and SELinux for the certs
cd /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ chown puppet:puppet * chcon -u system_u -r object_r -t puppet_var_lib_t *.crt ls -lZ -rw-r--r--. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 ca.pem -rw-r--r--. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 incommon-ssl.ca-bundle -rw-r--r--. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-cert.crt -rw-r--r--. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-interm.crt -rw-r--r--. puppet puppet system_u:object_r:puppet_var_lib_t:s0 puppet.tld.blah.pem
- Next edit the various config files
- /etc/puppet/node.rb: Change the line :ssl_ca to use the new interm cert
--- /etc/puppet/node.rb.orig 2014-03-24 17:48:09.215000045 -0500 +++ /etc/puppet/node.rb 2014-06-24 10:24:51.049282905 -0500 @@ -8,7 +8,8 @@ :facts => true, # true/false to upload facts :timeout => 10, # if CA is specified, remote Foreman host will be verified - :ssl_ca => "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem", # e.g. /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem + #:ssl_ca => "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem", # e.g. /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem + :ssl_ca => "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-interm.crt", # e.g. /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem # ssl_cert and key are required if require_ssl_puppetmasters is enabled in Foreman :ssl_cert => "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah.pem", # e.g. /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/FQDN.pem :ssl_key => "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/puppet.tld.blah.pem" # e.g. /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/FQDN.pem
- /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet/reports/foreman.rb: Change the foreman_ssl_ca = line to use the interm cert
--- /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet/reports/foreman.rb.orig 2014-03-24 17:44:37.494000046 -0500 +++ /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet/reports/foreman.rb 2014-06-24 10:28:54.497406986 -0500 @@ -5,7 +5,8 @@ # URL of your Foreman installation $foreman_url='https://puppet.tld.blah' # if CA is specified, remote Foreman host will be verified -$foreman_ssl_ca = "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem" +#$foreman_ssl_ca = "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem" +$foreman_ssl_ca = "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-interm.crt" # ssl_cert and key are required if require_ssl_puppetmasters is enabled in Foreman $foreman_ssl_cert = "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah.pem" $foreman_ssl_key = "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/puppet.tld.blah.pem"
- /etc/httpd/conf.d/05-foreman-ssl.conf: Change three lines SSLCertificateFile, SSLCertificateKeyFile and SSLCertificateChainFile to use the new cert, key and CA bundle respectively
--- /etc/httpd/conf.d/05-foreman-ssl.conf.orig 2014-06-24 10:30:59.917531640 -0500 +++ /etc/httpd/conf.d/05-foreman-ssl.conf 2014-06-24 10:32:36.318164714 -0500 @@ -35,11 +35,18 @@ ## SSL directives SSLEngine on - SSLCertificateFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah.pem - SSLCertificateKeyFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/puppet.tld.blah.pem - SSLCertificateChainFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem + SSLCertificateFile "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah-2048-incommon-cert.crt" + SSLCertificateKeyFile "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/puppet.tld.blah-2048.key" + SSLCertificateChainFile "/var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/incommon-ssl.ca-bundle" SSLCACertificatePath /etc/pki/tls/certs SSLCACertificateFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem + +# SSLCertificateFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/puppet.tld.blah.pem +# SSLCertificateKeyFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/puppet.tld.blah.pem +# SSLCertificateChainFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem +# SSLCACertificatePath /etc/pki/tls/certs +# SSLCACertificateFile /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem + SSLVerifyClient optional SSLVerifyDepth 3 SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
- /etc/puppet/node.rb: Change the line :ssl_ca to use the new interm cert
- Restart the services (foreman-proxy restart probably isn't necessary but may as well)
service httpd restart service foreman-proxy restart