On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 09:05:43AM -0700, Gelen James wrote:
> Hi Sumit,
> Thanks for your quick reply.
> In the chapter
> The Netgroup migration script sets '--usercat' and '--hostcat' options to
> IPA netgroups through 'ipa netgroup-mod' command.
> More specifically, when IPA imports host based netgroups with triples like
> (hostA,-,-), (hostB,-,-), The new IPA netgroups are set up with option
> '--usetcat=all'. Does that means if this IPA netgroup is used in a HBAC rule,
> then the rule will applied to all users on hostA and hostB. am I right? :)
yes, this is my understanding, too.
> BTW, do I have to turn on the '--usercat' option for NIS netgroup migration?
> The HBAC rules are defined inside hosts/hostgroups, and no NIS groups are
> involved, right? I maybe completely wrong here.
yes, HBAC rules use hosts/hostgroups and not netgroups. In general
netgroups were added to support application which still needs them or to
make migrations from environments where netgroups were used easier. But
we recommend to use hostgroups with IPA if possible.
> From: Sumit Bose <sb...@redhat.com>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:48 AM
> Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] Please help: What the purposes of '--usercat'
> and '--hostcat' options to IPA net groups?
> On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 07:57:06PM -0700, David Copperfield wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > The online manual says that the '--usercat' means 'User category the rule
> > applies to'; '--hostcat' has the similar explanation. But I still don't
> > understand how that could be used in real life and when/where to use the
> > options.
> > Could anyone please shed a light on this? Thanks a lot.
> iirc these options where introduced with the host based access control
> (HBAC) and are used to identify categories/classes of users and hosts
> in a more general way than using groups or ip-address ranges. I think
> currently only the keyword 'all' can be used here, which e.g means that
> an HBAC rule will match for all users or all hosts. In future it is
> planned to support other categories, e.g. something like 'local' and
> 'remote' which would catch all users/hosts of the local IPA domain or
> all users/groups which are coming from remote domains ,respectively.
> > --David
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