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Re: [ADMIN] no verification of client certificate?

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Ray Stell <stellr(at)cns(dot)vt(dot)edu>
Cc: Michael Fuhr <mike(at)fuhr(dot)org>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [ADMIN] no verification of client certificate?
Date: 2007-03-30 16:38:46
Message-ID: 200703301638.l2UGclD23713@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Ray Stell wrote:
> 
> Thanks, I'd, also, suggest a link on the "Secure TCP/IP Connections with SSL" 
> page in chapt 16:  http://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/static/ssl-tcp.html
> to the discussion of the client config issues in chapter 29:
> http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.2/static/libpq-ssl.html
> Otherwise, there is no mention of the client .postgresql/ directory, something 
> I was missing.  

That is exactly where I put it:

	http://momjian.us/main/writings/pgsql/sgml/ssl-tcp.html

Is that good?  You don't see it on the web site because we haven't
rebuilt the documentation for 8.2.X yet.

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> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 11:44:58PM -0400, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > 
> > I researched this and found that the documentation was wrong because it
> > said if the client has a 'root.crt', the server must have a 'root.crt',
> > when in fact on the server a 'server.crt' is required.  Documentation
> > updated, and mention of libpq SSL section added to server documentation.
> > 
> > The libpq comment verifies this:
> > 
> >     /* Set up to verify server cert, if root.crt is present */
> > 
> > Doc patch attached.  Backpatched to 8.2.X.
> > 
> > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > 
> > Michael Fuhr wrote:
> > > On Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 12:04:21AM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> > > > Well, if it works then why is the OP complaining?
> > > > 
> > > > Perhaps there is some non-obvious configuration issue that accounts
> > > > for the difference between your results and his?
> > > 
> > > I don't see in the OP's messages that he's tried the configuration
> > > I used.  He said he was using the following:
> > > 
> > > > > no root.crt in the data dir
> > > > > no .postgresql/    <--- this is what made me think there was no server verification
> > > > > server.crt/key in the data dir
> > > > > pg_hba.conf set to hostssl
> > > > > PGSSLMODE=required or prefer
> > > 
> > > My test configuration looks the same on the server but different
> > > on the client:
> > > 
> > > Server, in $PGDATA
> > > ==================
> > > server.key
> > > server.crt (signed by some CA)
> > > no root.crt
> > > 
> > > Client, in ~/.postgresql
> > > ========================
> > > root.crt (for the CA that signed server.crt)
> > > no postgresql.key or postgresql.crt
> > > 
> > > The OP did say that 
> > > 
> > > > > When I first looked at the ssl doc, I didn't see any description of
> > > > > installing the root ca on the client.  This seemed odd.  On my web client,
> > > > > when I need to verify the server crt, I install the appropriate ca in
> > > > > the client.
> > > 
> > > The "SSL Support" section of the libpq documentation mentions
> > > installing root.crt on the client:
> > > 
> > > http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.2/interactive/libpq-ssl.html
> > > 
> > > "If the file ~/.postgresql/root.crt is present in the user's home
> > > directory, libpq will use the certificate list stored therein to
> > > verify the server's certificate.  (On Microsoft Windows the file is
> > > named %APPDATA%\postgresql\root.crt.)  The SSL connection will fail
> > > if the server does not present a certificate; therefore, to use
> > > this feature the server must also have a root.crt file."
> > > 
> > > The requirement that the server have a root.crt appears to be
> > > incorrect, at least in the tests I ran.  Unless somebody can justify
> > > that statement I'll submit a documentation patch to correct it.
> > > 
> > > -- 
> > > Michael Fuhr
> > > 
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> >   Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>          http://momjian.us
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> > 
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> 
> > Index: doc/src/sgml/libpq.sgml
> > ===================================================================
> > RCS file: /cvsroot/pgsql/doc/src/sgml/libpq.sgml,v
> > retrieving revision 1.234
> > diff -c -c -r1.234 libpq.sgml
> > *** doc/src/sgml/libpq.sgml	20 Feb 2007 19:35:17 -0000	1.234
> > --- doc/src/sgml/libpq.sgml	30 Mar 2007 03:14:01 -0000
> > ***************
> > *** 4501,4507 ****
> >      <filename>%APPDATA%\postgresql\root.crt</filename>.)
> >      The SSL connection will
> >      fail if the server does not present a certificate; therefore, to
> > !    use this feature the server must also have a <filename>root.crt</> file.
> >      Certificate Revocation List (CRL) entries are also checked if the file
> >      <filename>~/.postgresql/root.crl</filename> exists (<filename>%APPDATA%\postgresql\root.crl</filename>
> >      on Microsoft Windows).
> > --- 4501,4507 ----
> >      <filename>%APPDATA%\postgresql\root.crt</filename>.)
> >      The SSL connection will
> >      fail if the server does not present a certificate; therefore, to
> > !    use this feature the server must have a <filename>server.crt</> file.
> >      Certificate Revocation List (CRL) entries are also checked if the file
> >      <filename>~/.postgresql/root.crl</filename> exists (<filename>%APPDATA%\postgresql\root.crl</filename>
> >      on Microsoft Windows).
> > Index: doc/src/sgml/runtime.sgml
> > ===================================================================
> > RCS file: /cvsroot/pgsql/doc/src/sgml/runtime.sgml,v
> > retrieving revision 1.380
> > diff -c -c -r1.380 runtime.sgml
> > *** doc/src/sgml/runtime.sgml	6 Mar 2007 09:59:22 -0000	1.380
> > --- doc/src/sgml/runtime.sgml	30 Mar 2007 03:14:04 -0000
> > ***************
> > *** 1574,1583 ****
> >      certificates of the <acronym>CA</acronym>(s) you wish to check for in
> >      the file <filename>root.crt</filename> in the data directory.  When
> >      present, a client certificate will be requested from the client
> > !    during SSL connection startup, and it must have been signed by one of the
> > !    certificates present in <filename>root.crt</filename>.  Certificate 
> > !    Revocation List (CRL) entries are also checked if the file 
> > !    <filename>root.crl</filename> exists.
> >     </para>
> >   
> >     <para>
> > --- 1574,1584 ----
> >      certificates of the <acronym>CA</acronym>(s) you wish to check for in
> >      the file <filename>root.crt</filename> in the data directory.  When
> >      present, a client certificate will be requested from the client
> > !    during SSL connection startup, and it must have been signed by one of
> > !    the certificates present in <filename>root.crt</filename>.  (See <xref
> > !    linkend="libpq-ssl"> for a description of how to set up client
> > !    certificates.) Certificate Revocation List (CRL) entries are also
> > !    checked if the file <filename>root.crl</filename> exists.
> >     </para>
> >   
> >     <para>
> 
> -- 
> I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign? - Bueller

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