Fatal FIPS Selftest Failures

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)


OpenSSH fails to start with the following errors:

sshd-gen-keys-start[1033]: fips.c(137): OpenSSL internal error, assertion failed: FATAL FIPS SELFTEST FAILURE
systemd[1]: Failed to start OpenSSH Daemon.
Other errors include:

wicked: Libgcrypt error: integrity check using '/usr/lib64/.libgcrypt.so.20.hmac' failed: No such file or directory
wicked: Libgcrypt notice: state transition Self-Test => Error
wicked: __ni__hashctx_new: gcry_md_open failed
wicked: cannot generate uuid for lo config - hashing failed
wicked: cannot generate uuid for eth0 config - hashing failed

Cat /proc/sys/crypto/fips_enabled shows 1

Cat /proc/cmdline includes fips=1

Running 'rpm -qa | grep fips' shows only: libfipscheck1 and fipscheck packages installed.


1. Reboot the server without the fips=1 kernel option.
2. Install the "FIPS 140-2 specific packages" pattern or (zypper install patterns-sles-fips)
3. Reconfigure FIPS. (See TID7016636 - FIPS installed but not working)
4. Reboot the server with fips=1 kernel option.


FIPS was enabled, but the FIPS packages for user mode were not installed.


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  • Document ID:7016637
  • Creation Date: 26-Jun-2015
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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