Setting up Containerized FreeIPA & KeyCloak Single Sign-On

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Setting up Containerized FreeIPA & KeyCloak Single Sign-On

Initialize FreeIPA Container Data

Docker Hub

The official FreeIPA container image requires a one-time installation process before running. For installation, a file containing ipa-server-install options should be provided, and Docker command should be ipa-server-install -U.

To complete this one-time process, create a docker-compose YAML file:

version: "3"
    container_name: "ipa-central"
    image: "${FREEIPA_VERSION:-centos-8-stream}"
    command: "ipa-server-install -U"
      - "/sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro"
      - "./ipa-central/data:/data"
      - "./ipa-central/freeipa.options:/data/ipa-server-install-options"
    read_only: true
    hostname: "${FREEIPA_HOSTNAME}"
      net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6: 0
Content of install.yml

Then start the process by docker-compose -f install.yml up. After installation is success, start the FreeIPA server container with docker-compose -f run.yml up:

version: "3"
    container_name: "ipa-central"
    image: "${FREEIPA_VERSION:-centos-8-stream}"
      - "/sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro"
      - "./ipa-central/data:/data"
    read_only: true
      - 389:389
      - 636:636
      - 88:88
      - 88:88/udp
      - 464:464
      - 464:464/udp
      - 123:123/udp
    hostname: "${FREEIPA_HOSTNAME}"
      net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6: 0
Content of run.yml

Post-installation Setup

LDAP Service Account

There are some LDAP clients that need a pre-configured account. Do not use the Directory Manager account to authenticate remote services to the IPA LDAP server. A service account could be created like this:

[root@ipa /]# ldapmodify -x -D 'cn=Directory Manager' -W
Enter LDAP Password: <FreeIPA Directory Password>
dn: uid=authenticator,cn=serviceaccounts,cn=etc,dc=sakuragawa,dc=cloud
changetype: add
objectclass: account
objectclass: simplesecurityobject
uid: authenticator
userPassword: <password>
passwordExpirationTime: 20380119031407Z
nsIdleTimeout: 0

adding new entry "uid=authenticator,cn=serviceaccounts,cn=etc,dc=sakuragawa,dc=cloud"
The reason to use an account like this rather than creating a normal user account in IPA and using that is that the system account exists only for binding to LDAP. It is not a real POSIX user, can’t log into any systems and doesn’t own any files.
This use also has no special rights and is unable to write any data in the IPA LDAP server, only read.


HowTo/LDAP - FreeIPA
System Account Manager for FreeIPA. Contribute to noahbliss/freeipa-sam development by creating an account on GitHub.
freeipa-sam: a shell helper to manage system accounts (by Noah Bliss)

Allow Anonymous to Read mail Attribute

By default only bound (or authenticated) users are allowed to read mail attribute. For internal usage, querying the attribute anonymously is safe.

$ ipa permission-add 'Mail Readable by Anonymous' --type=user --attrs=mail --bindtype=anonymous --permissions=read

Upgrade Containerized FreeIPA

theoretically, after image is changed, FreeIPA container will start upgrade process automatically. But there was some common issues during the upgrade.

DIRSRV Failed to Start

2023056 – After upgrading ipa package, ipa server fails to start with dirsrv init error (/usr/lib64/dirsrv/plugins/ undefined symbol: gost_yescrypt_pwd_storage_scheme_init)
So if an instance was created with early 8.5 builds, a plugin entry (dn: cn=GOST_YESCRYPT,cn=Password Storage Schemes,cn=plugins,cn=config) was created. Then the upgrade removed the init callback and startup fails.
A quick relief is by editing dse.ldif and removing cn=GOST_YESCRYPT,cn=Password Storage Schemes,cn=plugins,cn=config.

SSSD Failed to Start

988207 – sssd does not detail which line in configuration is invalid

SSSD will fail to start if the permission and owner of configuration  file at/etc/sssd/sssd/.conf isn't set properly.

# chown root /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
# chgrp root /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
# chmod 600  /etc/sssd/sssd.conf

Deploy KeyCloak Container

version: "3"
    container_name: "keycloak-central"
    image: "${KEYCLOAK_VERSION:-14.0.0}"
      DB_VENDOR: "mariadb"
      DB_ADDR: ""
      DB_PORT: "3306"
      DB_DATABASE: "keycloak_skg"
      DB_USER: "keycloak"
      KEYCLOAK_USER: "admin"

Note that it is important to set PROXY_ADDRESS_FORWARDING=true in environment variables especially when KeyCloak is served behind a reverse proxy.

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Securing Services Behind OAuth2Proxy

Generate a cookie secret first:

$ export OAUTH2_PROXY_COOKIE_SECRET=`python -c 'import os,base64; print(base64.urlsafe_b64encode(os.urandom(16)).decode())'`

Then we will create a sakuragawa-sso.env to store all authentication backed related environment variables. Since there is still issues with Keycloak backend, we will turn to use OpenID Connect (OIDC) backend here.

Issues with Keycloak integration · Issue #1093 · oauth2-proxy/oauth2-proxy
Integrating oauth2-proxy with Keycloak is not worknig. When I inspected the logs, it says Invalid parameter value for: scope Expected Behavior Must be able to login to the respective service using ...
Keycloak Provider is just Barebones OAuth - Doesn’t Expose OIDC Potential · Issue #956 · oauth2-proxy/oauth2-proxy
We have a keycloak provider that most Keycloak users likely gravitate to by default. It is a very barebones implementation mostly riding our default OAuth provider methods, only overriding the User...
OAUTH2_PROXY_ALLOWED_GROUPS=<keycloak group 1>, <keycloak group 2>
Content of sakuragawa-sso.env

Then create an orchestration file which includes global settings:

version: "3"
    image: ""
      - ""
      OAUTH2_PROXY_UPSTREAMS: "http://<upstream>:5000/"
      - sakuragawa-sso.env
    restart: "unless-stopped"
Content of docker-compose.yml
Ability to ignore unverified email · Issue #117 · oauth2-proxy/oauth2-proxy
Keycloak doesn&#39;t verify email for users imported from LDAP So, I have to change default ma...


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