[Pulp-list] Qpid SSL on Pulp 2.4

Ashby, Jason (IMS) AshbyJ at imsweb.com
Tue Oct 28 13:04:53 UTC 2014

I'm all squared away now with my certs.  I CC'ed Gavin since he was having similar issues with a similar intermediary setup. Here are some notes that may help others, and one of them seems like a bug in verify_cert, or at least a bug with my setup.

I had to create a chain cert for ssl_ca_certificate:

# /etc/pulp/server.conf
cacert: /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.crt
cakey: /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.key
ssl_ca_certificate: /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca_chain.crt

The chain cert was created by concatenating my company's root CA and the intermediary CA (the pulp CA which was signed by the root CA):

cat rootca.cer pulpca.crt > pulpca_chain.crt

You can get your Microsoft-based root CA (rootca.cer above) from the certsrv application:

- Download a CA certificate, certificate chain, or CRL
- click link for "To trust certificates issued from this certification authority, install this CA certificate."

Add your root and intermediary CA's to system CA bundle (copy ca-bundle.crt out to all consumers too):

openssl x509 -in /etc/pki/pulp_certs/rootca.crt -text >> /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt
openssl x509 -in /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.crt -text >> /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt

In addition, I found that certificates could not be verified against the intermediary CA alone.  I had to make the following change to verify_cert in order to get M2Crypto to use the chain (specified in server.conf ssl_ca_certificate):

# /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/pulp/server/managers/auth/cert/cert_generator.py
    def verify_cert(self, cert_pem):
        Ensures the given certificate can be verified against the server's CA.

        @param cert_pem: PEM encoded certificate to be verified
        @type  cert_pem: string

        @return: True if the certificate is successfully verified against the CA; False otherwise
        @rtype:  boolean

        # M2Crypto doesn't support verifying a cert against a CA, so call out to openssl
        # ca_cert = config.config.get('security', 'cacert')
        # FIX - Use CA chain in order to support the use of an intermediary CA aka sub-CA
        ca_cert = config.config.get('security', 'ssl_ca_certificate')

        cmd = 'openssl verify -CAfile %s' % ca_cert
        p = subprocess.Popen(cmd, shell=True, stdin=subprocess.PIPE,
                         stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE)

Hope that helps. I'll try to file a bug with more info later.  Right now I've got some catching up to do :).

-----Original Message-----
From: pulp-list-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:pulp-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Brian Bouterse
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 3:22 PM
To: Randy Barlow
Cc: pulp-list at redhat.com
Subject: Re: [Pulp-list] Qpid SSL on Pulp 2.4

By using the pulp-qpid-ssl-cfg and using your own CA and key, it then used the CA to create a certificate for the broker and the client, and it also adds them to an NSS database.

Interestingly, your server.conf doesn't specify the same CA you told pulp-qpid-ssl-cfg to use. I expected cacert to be /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.crt for both the [messaging] and [tasks] section. Any changes to that file requires a restart of all the services. What does that do?

As another thing to try, could you try having the script generate its own CA and use the recommended settings it provides. You could give it a different root folder so you could have the certs side-by-side in the filesystem. This would let us troubleshoot from a known working state with SSL working just not with a cert you provide. Just a thought about how we can eliminate all other concerns besides a cert that you are providing.


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Randy Barlow" <rbarlow at redhat.com>
> To: "Jeff Ortel" <jortel at redhat.com>, pulp-list at redhat.com
> Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 2:55:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [Pulp-list] Qpid SSL on Pulp 2.4
> On 10/24/2014 02:40 PM, Ashby, Jason (IMS) wrote:
> > Those certs are the ones generated by /usr/bin/pulp-qpid-ssl-cfg.  I
> > accepted the defaults for that script, except for the CA cert and key
> > which I supplied with:
> >
> > Please specify a CA.  Generated if not specified.
> >   Enter a path: /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.crt
> >
> > Please specify the CA key
> >   Enter a path: /etc/pki/pulp_certs/pulpca.key
> >
> > Does that answer your questions?
> I'm not familiar with pulp-qpid-ssl-cfg myself. Jeff, do you know if
> this is correct?
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