SMT: suse_register command fails to authenticate certificate

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Environment


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1

Situation

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

Resolution

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 client4SMT.sh script

Novell NTS does not support modifying the client4SMT.sh script. However, advanced users farmiliar with shell scripting can modify client4SMT.sh to fetch an updated curl-ca-bundle.crt. If you have trouble with modify the client4SMT.sh script, Novell will not be able to help.
  1. Put the updated curl-ca-bundle.crt on a webserver
  2. To the top of client4SMT.sh, 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 client4SMT.sh with the -host SERVER, where SERVER is the name off the server.

Additional Information

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  • Document ID:7003321
  • Creation Date: 20-May-2009
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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