6.2. Highlighted Updates and New Features
Red Hat Certificate System 9.2 has introduced the following new features and important updates:
Note that this document only contains release notes for features which are not available in the base Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 release. Many of the new features in Red Hat Certificate System are in the pki-core, and those are documented in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Release Notes.
New audit events have been added for SSL/TLS session events on Red Hat Certificate System servers
Red Hat Certificate System now supports several new audit log events related to
TLSsession events, namely successful and unsuccessful connection establishments and connection terminations.
The new log events are:
- ACCESS_SESSION_ESTABLISH_SUCCESS for successful connections
- ACCESS_SESSION_ESTABLISH_FAILURE for failed connections
- ACCESS_SESSION_TERMINATED for terminated connections
These new events are logged in the server audit log file by default. Use the
CS.cfgfile to further configure these settings. (BZ#1404080)
Red Hat Certificate System can now display a custom banner at the start of a secure connection
New configuration options have been added to Red Hat Certificate System to allow a customizable banner to be displayed at the beginning of a secure connection. This allows organizations to display messages such as advisory notices and warning messages regarding unauthorized use. The message will be displayed each time a PKI client (the PKI command line, web user interface, or PKI Console) connects to the server using a
TLSconnection. The connecting user will be prompted to confirm they read the banner before resuming normal client operation.
To enable this functionality, create a file at
/etc/pki/pki-tomcat/banner.txtand place the message you want to display into this file. Make sure the file is encoded as
UTF-8and readable by the
pkiuseruser account. To remove the banner, delete the aforementioned file. No server restart is required to add, change, or remove the banner. (BZ#1404085)
New tools to retrieve audit logs from Red Hat Certificate System server
New tools for retrieving audit logs have been added to Red Hat Certificate System in order to allow auditors to retrieve audit logs locally for inspection and verification.
To list existing audit log files, use the following command:
To retrieve a specific audit log file, use the following command:
pki <subsystem>-audit-file-retrieve <filename>
After retrieving audit logs you require, use standard tools such as
grepto search for specific log entries, and the
AuditVerifytool to verify their authenticity. For more information on these tools, see their respective man pages. (BZ#1417307)
New session timeout parameter for
A new parameter,
keepAliveTimeout, has been added to Certificate System's server configuration file. This parameter controls the session timeout period for
PKI Consolewill be automatically disconnected from the server after it has been idle for a time period specified in this parameter; the Console will then display an error message and terminate.
The timeout is configured in the
server.xmlfile, and accepts an integer which specifies the timeout period in miliseconds. The default value is
300000, which is 5 minutes. (BZ#1446877)
Certificate System now supports SCP03-enabled tokens
With this enhancement, Certificate System now supports the secure channel protocol 03 (SCP03) enabled Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) Smart Cafe 6 and Smart Cafe 7 tokens in Token Management System (TMS). This allows TMS users to perform token operations, such as token formatting and enrollment upon smart cards that respond to SCP03, which provides extra security using the advanced encryption standard (AES) during token token operations. (BZ#1274086)