[Freeipa-users] can ipa-client-install be updated to call username/password from a file?

Les Stott Less at imagine-sw.com
Wed Oct 1 22:21:24 UTC 2014

Thanks to Dmitri, Petr, Tamas and Yiorgos for all your suggestions.

I will try them out today.



From: freeipa-users-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:freeipa-users-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Dmitri Pal
Sent: Thursday, 2 October 2014 3:09 AM
To: freeipa-users at redhat.com
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] can ipa-client-install be updated to call username/password from a file?

On 10/01/2014 05:44 AM, Yiorgos Stamoulis wrote:

On 01/10/14 08:19, Les Stott wrote:

I am using freeipa in a rhel6 environment with ipa-3.0.0-37.el6 client.

I am working on doing an unattended ipa client installation. I have it working with the following....

/usr/sbin/ipa-client-install -p admin -w <admin_password> -U --no-ntp

While this works, while it runs, the <admin_password> value is visable in the output of a ps -ef command on the host when installing the ipa client.

# ps -ef |grep ipa
root     30284 30283 43 03:31 ?        00:00:01 /usr/bin/python -E /usr/sbin/ipa-client-install -p admin -w <plain_text_password> -U --no-ntp

This represents a challenge to security, even though its only minor (as in its only there for a minute or so), but its still there and it is the admin password.

Can  ipa-client-install be updated to include a parameter to retrieve the admin password from a file? i.e.

/usr/bin/python -E /usr/sbin/ipa-client-install -p admin -from-file /tmp/credentials -U --no-ntp

That would then protect the admin password.

I am not familiar with python coding.

Thanks in advance,


Hi Les,

in addition to the answers you have already received, you can create a user with the 'host enrollment' permission only, so even if the credentials are compromised the damage is minimized.

I am using this on 4.0.3 but looking at an older installation the same seems available in 3.0 too.

Best Regards


Or you can use OTPs. The OTPs were actually invented for exactly this use case. You register host and generate OTP at that time. Then you pass it to your enrollment script and it is used once.


Thank you,

Dmitri Pal

Sr. Engineering Manager IdM portfolio

Red Hat, Inc.
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