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6.7. Extending Access Permissions over Other Hosts and Services

As discussed in Section 1.3, “Relationships Between Servers and Clients”, within the FreeIPA domain, manage means being able to retrieve a keytab and certificates for another host or service. Every host and service has a managedby entry which lists what hosts or services can manage it. By default, a host can manage itself and all of its services. It is also possible to allow a host to manage other hosts, or services on other hosts, by updating the appropriate delegations or providing a suitable managedby entry.
A FreeIPA service can be managed from any FreeIPA host, as long as that host has been granted, or delegated, permission to access the service. Likewise, hosts can be delegated permissions to other hosts within the domain.
Host and Service Delegation
Figure 6.1. Host and Service Delegation


If a host is delegated authority to another host through a managedBy entry, it does not mean that the host has also been delegated management for all services on that host. Each delegation has to be performed independently.

6.7.1. Delegating Service Management

A host is delegated control over a service using the service-add-host command. There are two parts to delegating the service: specifying the principal and identifying the hosts (in a comma-separated list) with control:
# ipa service-add-host principal --hosts=hostnames
For example:
# ipa service-add-host http/
Once the host is delegated authority, the host principal can be used to manage the service:
# kinit -kt /etc/krb5.keytab host/`hostname`
# ipa-getkeytab -s `hostname` -k /tmp/test.keytab -p http/
Keytab successfully retrieved and stored in: /tmp/test.keytab
To create a ticket for this service, create a certificate request on the host with the delegated authority and use the cert-request command to create a service entry and load the certification information:
# ipa cert-request --add --principal=http/ web.csr
  Certificate: MIICETCCAXqgA...[snip]
  Issuer: CN=EXAMPLE.COM Certificate Authority
  Not Before: Tue Feb 08 18:51:51 2011 UTC
  Not After: Mon Feb 08 18:51:51 2016 UTC
  Fingerprint (MD5): c1:46:8b:29:51:a6:4c:11:cd:81:cb:9d:7c:5e:84:d5
  Fingerprint (SHA1):
  Serial number: 1005

6.7.2. Delegating Host Management

Hosts are delegated authority over other hosts through the host-add-managedby command. This creates a managedby entry. Once the managedby entry is created, then the host can retrieve a keytab for the host it has delegated authority over.
  1. Log in as the admin user.
    # kinit admin
  2. Add the managedby entry. For example, this delegates authority over client2 to client1.
    # ipa host-add-managedby
  3. Obtain a ticket as the host client1 and then retrieve a keytab for client2:
    # kinit -kt /etc/krb5.keytab host/`hostname`
    # ipa-getkeytab -s `hostname` -k /tmp/client2.keytab -p host/
    Keytab successfully retrieved and stored in: /tmp/client2.keytab

6.7.3. Accessing Delegated Services

For both services and hosts, if a client has delegated authority, it can obtain a keytab for that principal on the local machine. For services, this has the format service/hostname@REALM. For hosts, the service is host.
With kinit, use the -k option to load a keytab and the -t option to specify the keytab.
For example, to access a host:
# kinit -kt /etc/krb5.keytab host/
To access a service:
# kinit -kt /etc/httpd/conf/krb5.keytab http/