SMT: suse_register command fails to authenticate certificate

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1


suse_register command fails to authenticate certifcate
suse_register command fails to authenticate when an intermediate CA cert is requried


suse_register uses curl to cconnect to update servers. When a certificate has been signed either by local certificate authority or through an intermediate certificate authority, suse_register may fail.  Appending the Certfiicate Authority certificate or the intermediate certificate authority to curl's bundle file can fix this problem.

Steps to fix:
  1. Copy the CA or intermediate CA certificate to /etc/ssl/certs
  2. Back up /usr/share/curl/curl-ca-bundle.crt
  3. Run the following where CERT is the name of the CA or intermediate CA certificate
    cat /etc/ssl/certs/CERT >> usr/share/curl/curl-ca-bundle.crt
  4. Run suse_register
modifying the script

SUSE does not support modifying the script. However, advanced users familiar with shell scripting can modify to fetch an updated curl-ca-bundle.crt. If you have trouble with modify the script, SUSE will not be able to help.
  1. Put the updated curl-ca-bundle.crt on a webserver
  2. To the top of, add something similiar to the following
    wget http://$2/curl-ca-bundle.crt
    mv /usr/share/curl/curl-ca-bundle.crt /usr/share/curl-ca-bundle-`date +%Y%m%d-%R:%S:%N`.bk
    mv curl-ca-bundle.crt /usr/share/curl/curl-ca-bundle.crt
  3. Save the file
  4. If using the script example, run the the with the -host SERVER, where SERVER is the name off the server.

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  • Document ID:7003321
  • Creation Date: 20-May-2009
  • Modified Date:21-Dec-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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