Configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux Identity Management with MongoDB¶
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 and up includes a complete Identity Management solution called Red Hat Enterprise Linux IdM. IdM integrates Kerberos authentication, directory services, certificate management, DNS, and NTP into a single service.
MongoDB Enterprise can leverage RHEL IdM's Kerberos authentication and certificate management infrastructure to generate and maintain the SSL certificates required to encrypt data in motion. The following guide provides instructions for integrating MongoDB Enterprise with RHEL IdM.
Preparing a New MongoDB Server for Installation¶
You will need to install MongoDB and the RHEL IdM client pacakages on your RHEL IdM client instance.
Install MongoDB Enterprise. MongoDB Enterprise has additional requirements: you should first download and install those packages, and then download the archive for MongoDB Enterprise. The following commands download the prerequisite packages and then download and untar the MongoDB Enterprise package.
yum install openssl net-snmp net-snmp-libs net-snmp-utils cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-lib cyrus-sasl-devel cyrus-sasl-gssapi curl http://downloads.mongodb.com/linux/mongodb-linux-x86_64-subscription-rhel62-2.4.4.tgz > mongodb.tgz tar -zxvf mongodb.tgz cp -R -n mongodb-linux-x86_64-subscription-rhel62-2.4.4/ mongodb
For a more detailed MongoDB installation tutorial, or to install an older version of MongoDB Enterprise (pre 2.4.x), see Installing MongoDB Enterprise.
Next install the IdM client and tools:
yum install ipa-client ipa-admintools
Configure Hostname and DNS Resolution¶
For RHEL IdM's services (e.g. Kerberos) to function properly, you must set a hostname on the system and update its DNS server to point to the RHEL IdM server instance IP address. You can update the hostname using commands that resemble the following:
$ nano /etc/sysconfig/network HOSTNAME=idmclient.example.com $ service network restart $ hostname -f idmclient.example.com
Next, update the DNS settings to point to the IP address of the RHEL IdM server:
$ nano /etc/resolv.conf search example.com nameserver 10.192.206.229
Install the IdM Client¶
To run the IdM client installation you will need to have an adminstrative user (e.g. admin@EXAMPLE.COM) complete the enrollment process.
Having installed MongoDB Enterprise and correctly configured your Hostname and DNS Resolution, you can install the RHEL IdM client. The installation process provides prompts for guidance.
If the IdM server was properly configured and the DNS information in the previous step is correct, the process should be able to auto-detect the required information.
If the auto-detection fails, consult the IdM client documentation.
If your installation is successful, the client installation process should return something that resembles the following:
$ ipa-client-install --enable-dns-updates Discovery was successful! Hostname: idmclient.example.com Realm: EXAMPLE.COM DNS Domain: example.com IPA Server: idmhost.example.com BaseDN: dc=example,dc=com
A prompt will ask if you wish to configure the system using the auto-detected values. You should answer yes, as in the following:
Continue to configure the system with these values? [no]: yes User authorized to enroll computers: admin@EXAMPLE.COM Synchronizing time with KDC... Password for admin@EXAMPLE.COM: Enrolled in IPA realm EXAMPLE.COM Created /etc/ipa/default.conf New SSSD config will be created Configured /etc/sssd/sssd.conf Configured /etc/krb5.conf for IPA realm EXAMPLE.COM trying https://idmhost.example.com/ipa/xml Hostname (idmclient.example.com) not found in DNS DNS server record set to: idmclient.example.com -> 10.190.178.79 Adding SSH public key from /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key.pub Adding SSH public key from /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub Forwarding 'host_mod' to server u'https://idmhost.example.com/ipa/xml' SSSD enabled Configured /etc/openldap/ldap.conf NTP enabled Configured /etc/ssh/ssh_config Configured /etc/ssh/sshd_config Client configuration complete.
Add Reverse DNS Lookup for the Server¶
After installing the IdM client, you must authenticate with Kerberos as an administrative user (e.g. admin@EXAMPLE.COM) using the following command:
$ kinit admin
You will also need to add a reverse DNS entry to the IdM server. [SOMETHING] uses the reverse DNS entry to ensure that Kerberos authentication works properly.
To add a reverse DNS entry, you must first add a reverse DNS zone, and then add a PTR record pointing to the IdM client host.
This example uses the following sample information:
- IdM server hostname:
- IdM client hostname:
- IdM client IP address:
- Reverse DNS name:
3.2.1.in-addr.arpa.(reversed first three octets of the IP address)
- DNS record:
4(last octet of the IP address)
The first command adds a reverse DNS zone.
$ ipa dnszone-add 178.190.10.in-addr.arpa. --name-server idmhost.example.com. --force
The command will return output that resembles the following:
Zone name: 3.2.1.in-addr.arpa. Authoritative nameserver: idmhost.example.com. Administrator e-mail address: hostmaster.3.2.1.in-addr.arpa. SOA serial: 1372133625 SOA refresh: 3600 SOA retry: 900 SOA expire: 1209600 SOA minimum: 3600 BIND update policy: grant EXAMPLE.COM krb5-subdomain 3.2.1.in-addr.arpa. PTR; Active zone: TRUE Dynamic update: FALSE Allow query: any; Allow transfer: none;
Next, you will add a PTR record pointing to the IdM client host, using the following command:
$ ipa dnsrecord-add 3.2.1.in-addr.arpa. 79 --ptr-hostname idmclient.example.com.
You must place a period (
.) after zone names and host names.
Configure Authentication Type¶
RHEL IdM supports authentication using Kerberos and also provides support for SSL certificate management. The following sections provide instructions for configuring authentication options.
Configure Kerberos Authentication¶
Now that you have successfully configured the RHEL IdM client and your MongoDB server, you must create a MongoDB service entry on the IdM server. This enables RHEL IdM to generate a keytab file, which MongoDB requires in order to use Kerberos for user authentication.
Create the service entry:
ipa service-add mongodb/idmclient.example.com
The service name must be
mongodb/[hostname]@[domain]in order to be valid
Retrieve the MongoDB keytab file and place it on the IdM client:
ipa-getkeytab -s idmhost.example.com -p mongodb/idmclient.example.com -k /etc/mongodb.keytab
klist -k /etc/mongodb.keytab
The command should return the following output:
Keytab name: FILE:/etc/mongodb.keytab KVNO Principal ---- -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 mongodb/idmclient.example.com@EXAMPLE.COM
Configure SSL Certificate Management¶
In addition to Kerberos, RHEL IdM also provides support for SSL certificate management. RHEL IdM can generate certificates for a MongoDB server and MongoDB clients. This enables encryption "in-motion" among MongoDB instances and from MongoDB clients.
To generate a MongoDB server certificate, first issue a certificate request using a command that resembles the following:
ipa-getcert request -r -f /etc/cert/mongodb-server.crt -k /etc/cert/mongodb-server.key -N CN=idmclient.example.com -D idmclient.example.com -K mongodb/idmclient.example.com Hostnames for the ``-D`` and ``CN`` parameters must match the hostname of the MongoDB server. The principal name for the ``-K`` parameter must match the MongoDB service name created when configuring Kerberos authentication.
When the request returns, concatenate the
mongodb-server.crtfiles to create a
cat /etc/cert/mongodb-server.key /etc/cert/mongodb-server.crt > /etc/cert/mongodb-server.pem
The owner and group owner of the
pemfile must match the user that MongoDB is running under
MongoDB 2.4 supports the notion of a certificate authority (CA) that
cna establish a "trust chain" of certificates to verify authenticity.
On RHEL 6.x systems with the IdM client configured, you can access the
certificate authority at
To generate a MongoDB client certificate, issue another certificate
request and create a
pem file, with the following sequence of
ipa-getcert request -f /etc/cert/mongodb-client.crt -k /etc/cert/mongodb-client.key cat /etc/cert/mongodb-client.key /etc/cert/mongodb-client.crt > /etc/cert/mongodb-client.pem
When the command returns, you will have created the certificates necessary for MongoDB to operate with SSL (i.e. the server certificate, CA certificate, and the client certificate).
Refer to the steps in Connect to MongoDB with SSL to configure MongoDB to use SSL encryption.
Now that you have successfully set up RHEL Identity Management, and configured Kerberos, you can refer to the following documents for further configuration options and deployment instructions.
- Deploying MongoDB with Kerberos authentication.
Detailed instructions for deploying MongoDB using Kerberos authentication, including creating user privilege documents, staring MongoDB with Kerberos support, and provides troubleshooting guidelines.
- Operational Procedures using RHEL IdM
Details procedures for adding a new user, granting users access privileges, revoking access, and configuring password policies using RHEL IdM.
Additionally, consider the specific driver references for configuring MongoDB drivers to connect to MongoDB using Kerberos authentication.