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sshd fails to start with FIPS selftest failure

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2 (SLES 11 SP2)

Situation

Attempting to start sshd returns the following:

Starting SSH daemonfips.c(154): Openssl internal error, assertion Failed: FATAL FIPS SELFTEST FAILURE 
startproc: signal catched /usr/sbin/sshd: Aborted

The command cat /proc/cmdline shows that fips is not included on kernel command line.
The command cat /proc/sys/crypto/fips_enabled returns 0.
The command rpm -qa| grep openssl shows:

libopenssl0_9_8-hmac-0.9.8j-0.70.1
openssl-doc-0.9.8j-0.70.1lib
openssl0_9_8-0.9.8j-0.89.1.lib
openssl0_9_8-32bit-0.9.8j-0.89.1.lib
openssl0_9_8-hmac-32bit-0.9.8j-0.70.1
openssl-0.9.8j-0.89.1


Resolution

Upgrade the following files to version 0.9.8j-0.89 and then restart sshd:

rpm -Uvh libopenssl0_9_8-hmac-0.9.8j-0.89.1
rpm -Uvh openssl-doc-0.9.8j-0.89.1lib
rpm -Uvh openssl0_9_8-hmac-32bit-0.9.8j-0.89.1

Cause

The openssl file versions of 0.9.8j-0.70.1 are incompatible with version 0.9.8j-0.89.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7017949
  • Creation Date:12-AUG-16
  • Modified Date:24-OCT-16
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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