Nathan Peters wrote:

-----Original Message----- From: Rob Crittenden
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:17 PM
To: Nathan Peters
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] invalid 'permission': cannot add permission
"System: Read HBAC Rules" with bindtype "all" to a privilege

Nathan Peters wrote:

-----Original Message----- From: Rob Crittenden
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] invalid 'permission': cannot add permission
"System: Read HBAC Rules" with bindtype "all" to a privilege wrote: wrote:
FreeIPA server 4.1.3 on CentOS 7

I am trying to create a set of privileges or roles that will allow
me to
create a user who has read-only access to as much of the FreeIPA
web UI
possible.  Basically my manager want the type of view into FreeIPA
they have in AD using the 'AD Users and Computers program).

I note that there are quite a few read permission in the permissions
   I tried creating a new privilege called Read Only Administrator and
giving them all the permission that have read only in the name.

For some reason I can add all other system and full access permissions
when I try to add a read only permission I get the following error :
invalid 'permission': cannot add permission "System: Read HBAC Rules"
bindtype "all" to a privilege

This applies not just the HBAC rule, but anything that has Read in the

How do I create a read only user without getting this error message?

You can't add a rule with bindtype all because this bindtype already
allows all authenticated users the rights granted by the rule, in this
case read access.


That doesn't sound right.  When I login to FreeIPA web ui with a user
is not part of any group, the only thing he can do is browse other users
and update his own password and SSH key.  He does not get the HBAC menu
and definitely cannot browse HBAC rules.

The UI handles those permissions differently.

$ kinit someuser
$ ldapsearch -Y GSSAPI -b cn=hbac,dc=example,dc=com

Also, If I do this step backward and go directly to the RBAC ->
Permissions menu and choose a permission and edit it, I can add it to a
privilege, but if I go to the privilege and try to add the permission it
fails.  This makes zero sense.

I can post screenshots if that helps.

This is a bug. There is a function not available on the command line,
permission_add_member, which incorrectly allows this. I opened

Regardless of whether it is added or not, it is a no-op because the
whole idea of permissions is to grant access via groups and there is no
group in this permission. It allows all authenticated users.


What do you mean by it is a no-op?

Here is what I did that worked:

1)Create privilege called "Read only privilege"

2)Go to each permission individually that has the world "Read" in it and
add them to the "read only privilege" privilege one at a time.  There
was about 65 of them.  This is fine because we are not apply this to
users, only apply the permissions to the privilege.

3)Next, go back to the read-only privilege and add some group that
contains users.

4)Login to the webui as a user that is in the group that was added to
the privilege and now you can see all menu options just like an admin,
but everything is read only and any attempt to make changes results in a
message that you don't have permission to make that change.  This is
currently working exactly as I expect it to once I set it up the long

Result : Member can now browse the entire web ui and see everything,
hosts, users, rbac rules, hbac rules, groups etc but in read only mode
as expected.

I'm talking only about the issue where a permission with a bindrule of
all cannot be added to a privilege. The fact that it can be added in
the UI is a bug.

It is the data in LDAP we really care about and a permission with a
bindrule of all grants all authenticated users read access to that
data, regardless of what you might or might not see in the UI.

I'm not entirely sure how Petr does that though I always thought it
was through LDAP effective rights which in effect should grant all
users HBAC read access, so perhaps he determines it based on other
things as well.


So what is the correct way to grant full read-only permissions in the
web UI?  The audience for this viewing is managers and they are non
technical and have no desire to login to an SSH shell and try to view
the data they need using the cli.

They have seen me working in the web UI and really like how easy it is
to browse the interface.

Is there any proper way to do this?  Is it possible at all without
invoking that bug that I invoked to make it happen?

That's a question for Petr. I don't know how the UI determines which tabs to make visible. I thought it was based on the effective rights but perhaps it is more complex than that.


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