On 03/24/2014 05:53 PM, Stijn De Weirdt wrote:
hi alexander,

No, because then you have to either ship keytabs around during
provisioning or hardcode that user's password in the kickstart and
they are already nervous about doing that for the OTP.
This topic raises regularly on IRC. My suggestion was to create these
one time passwords based on some function of time and host parameters
you can control centrally, for example, IP address.
For example, using Python expression:

from time import gmtime
addr = ""
time = lambda t : list(t[:4]) + [(t[4] / 15) * 15]
pw = lambda t, a: ''.join(a.split('.') + map(lambda x:
'{:02d}'.format(x), t))
pw(time(gmtime()), addr)

i.e. a password is an IP address octets concatenated with date and time
rounded down to 15 minutes.

Then ship the function to calculate the OTP as part of kickstart file.
Only a password generated when running install within 15 minutes window of
setting OTP on the server will work if IP address is the same as defined
on the server.

No real password is in the kickstart file, OTP will turn itself off
automatically on enrollment and time has to be within the window of

but the password itself is still valid if the install failed and someone else tries to use it. it's good that you can't guess the password that easily (it's slightly better than a fixed string in the kickstart script), might be a good candidate if it was coupled with a short enough lifetime. (coupled with minimum lifetime as an offset, you might even schedule installations in the future).

i don't understand what the ip adds to the password though. the ipa-client-install should fail if the ip/hostname doesn't match the data in freeipa for that host, right? (the only secret is in the timewindow that the admin scheduled, assume that the ipa-client-install enforces the ip/hostname)

ipa-client-install does not enforce IP. I do not think we even store IP in the host entry. It is stored only in the DNS part, but the IP can be updated by the system self registration and that happens only after the system enrollment and this IP registration happens using kerberos identity of the system.


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Thank you,
Dmitri Pal

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