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Chapter 103. Verifying permissions of IdM configuration files using Healthcheck

Learn more about how to test Identity Management (IdM) configuration files using the Healthcheck tool.

For details, see Healthcheck in IdM.


  • The Healthcheck tool is only available on RHEL 8.1 or newer systems.

103.1. File permissions Healthcheck tests

The Healthcheck tool tests ownership and permissions of some important files installed or configured by Identity Management (IdM).

If you change the ownership or permissions of any tested file, the test returns a warning in the result section. While it does not necessarily mean that the configuration will not work, it means that the file differs from the default configuration.

To see all tests, run the ipa-healthcheck with the --list-sources option:

# ipa-healthcheck --list-sources

You can find the file permissions test under the ipahealthcheck.ipa.files source:

This test checks the 389-ds NSS database and the Certificate Authority (CA) database. The 389-ds database is located in /etc/dirsrv/slapd-<dashed-REALM> and the CA database is located in /etc/pki/pki-tomcat/alias/.

This test checks the following files:

  • /var/lib/ipa/ra-agent.{key|pem}
  • /var/lib/ipa/certs/httpd.pem
  • /var/lib/ipa/private/httpd.key
  • /etc/httpd/alias/ipasession.key
  • /etc/dirsrv/ds.keytab
  • /etc/ipa/ca.crt
  • /etc/ipa/custodia/server.keys

    If PKINIT is enabled:

  • /var/lib/ipa/certs/kdc.pem
  • /var/lib/ipa/private/kdc.key

    If DNS is configured:

  • /etc/named.keytab
  • /etc/ipa/dnssec/ipa-dnskeysyncd.keytab

This test checks some tomcat-specific files if a CA is configured:

  • /etc/pki/pki-tomcat/password.conf
  • /var/lib/pki/pki-tomcat/conf/ca/CS.cfg
  • /etc/pki/pki-tomcat/server.xml

Run these tests on all IdM servers when trying to find issues.

103.2. Screening configuration files using Healthcheck

Follow this procedure to run a standalone manual test of an Identity Management (IdM) server’s configuration files using the Healthcheck tool.

The Healthcheck tool includes many tests. Results can be narrowed down by:

  • excluding all successful test: --failures-only
  • including only ownership and permissions tests: --source=ipahealthcheck.ipa.files


  1. To run Healthcheck tests on IdM configuration file ownership and permissions, while displaying only warnings, errors and critical issues, enter:

    # ipa-healthcheck --source=ipahealthcheck.ipa.files --failures-only

A successful test displays empty brackets:

# ipa-healthcheck --source=ipahealthcheck.ipa.files --failures-only

Failed tests display results similar to the following WARNING:

  "source": "ipahealthcheck.ipa.files",
  "check": "IPAFileNSSDBCheck",
  "result": "WARNING",
  "kw": {
    "key": "_etc_dirsrv_slapd-EXAMPLE-TEST_pkcs11.txt_mode",
    "path": "/etc/dirsrv/slapd-EXAMPLE-TEST/pkcs11.txt",
    "type": "mode",
    "expected": "0640",
    "got": "0666",
    "msg": "Permissions of /etc/dirsrv/slapd-EXAMPLE-TEST/pkcs11.txt are 0666 and should be 0640"

Additional resources

  • See man ipa-healthcheck.