Christopher Young wrote:
Thanks.  That's good advice and good to know.  I'm going to be trying
to work this into an Ansible role, so having a command listing helps

That leads to a curious question if anyone has thought about building
an Ansible module(s) for manipulating FreeIPA objects.  I'm going to
do some searching for that.

To close the loop, the dfault cert in IPA clients is stored in an NSS database and NSS doesn't give up its private keys willingly. The only way to get them is to export to a PKCS#12 file using pk12util then extract them using openssl pkcs12.


On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 3:12 AM, Martin Kosek <> wrote:
On 02/03/2016 12:42 AM, Christopher Young wrote:
I've been doing some reading and perhaps I'm confusing myself, but I
couldn't find any definitive guide on how to go about doing what I
think it a pretty simple thing.

My ipa-client installs appear to generate a new TLS/SSL/PKI cert for
each host when they are registered.  I'd like to utilize that
certificate with Apache/tomcat/etc..  I'm aware of how to obtain the
certificate itself, however I'm not clear on how to obtain the private
key (in a format that I can use as well) that was used to generate the

Would someone kindly point me in the right direction or ideally just
educate me on the command/options needed to do this.  In particular,
I'm looking to create pem files for both the key and cert for use with
Apache, but it would be useful to understand how to do it for other
stores as well.  (Hint: this would be great to just have in a document
that makes it clear). :)

Hi Chris,

I do not think it is a good idea to do what you are doing :-) The host
certificate does not need to be the same as Web certificate. From FreeIPA 4.1
(IIRC), it is not even requested by default on all clients.

I would rather recommend generating a separate certificate for the Web UI, we
have some walkthrough here:

Thanks again to the freeipa team.  I love this product.

And I love to hear notes from the community like this, very rewarding!

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