[Freeipa-users] IPA Server UI Behind Proxy

Simo Sorce simo at redhat.com
Wed Aug 14 13:56:17 UTC 2013

On Wed, 2013-08-14 at 09:23 +0300, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Aug 2013, Andrew Lau wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I've got my FreeIPA setup in an internal infrastructure, but I want to be
> >able to have users access the web UI externally. I tweaked the
> >ipa-rewrite.conf so it won't redirect me to the FQDN and then tried both a
> >nginx reverse proxy and port forwarding, both works if the client manually
> >sets the host name of the IPA server eg. ipa01.internaldomain.local in
> >their /etc/hosts file. However if the client tries to to use eg.
> >ipa.externaldomain.com with the same port forwarding or nginx proxy config,
> >it'll silently error. The docs briefly touches on this - but doesn't really
> >give much to go on.
> >
> >Any suggestions?
> Couple considerations here.
> First, you may need to play with debug level to see what principal
> mod_auth_kerb picks up when negotiation happens.
> Second, using Kerberos authentication requires both sides to own
> Kerberos principals for authentication process to go. Browsers select
> HTTP/server.fqdn as their target service principal when connection to
> the server.fqdn. Your IPA server only has HTTP/ipa01.internaldomain.local
> in its keytab in /etc/httpd/conf/ipa.keytab, which means it would only
> be able to respond on ipa01.internaldomain.local to Kerberos auth requests.
> A way to fix this is by making HTTP/ipa.externaldomain.com service in
> IPA (ipa service-add HTTP/ipa.externaldomain.com) and then use
> 'ipa-getkeytab' to fetch the keytab with the key for the service. Next
> step would be to merge content of this keytab with
> /etc/httpd/conf/ipa.keytab:
> (echo rkt /tmp/external.keytab; echo wkt /etc/httpd/conf/ipa.keytab) |ktutil
> Then restart httpd -- I'm not sure mod_auth_kerb re-reads the keytab on
> its change.

FWIW please disregard these complicated instructions, just run
ipa-getkeytab on the server an pass -k /etc/httpd/conf/ipa.keytab
ipa-getkeytab will properly append the fetched keys to the keytab and no
further, error prone, manual merging will be necessary.


Simo Sorce * Red Hat, Inc * New York

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