Chapter 6. Authenticating to sudo remotely using smart cards
This section describes how to authenticate to sudo remotely using smart cards. After the ssh-agent service is running locally and can forward the ssh-agent socket to the remote machine, you can use the SSH authentication protocol in the sudo PAM module to authenticate users remotely.
After logging in locally with a smart card, you can SSH to the remote machine and run the sudo command without being prompted for a password by using SSH forwarding of the smart card authentication.
For the purposes of this example, a client is connecting to the IPA server through SSH and running the sudo command on the IPA server with credentials stored on a smart card.
6.1. Creating sudo rules in IdM
This procedure describes how to create sudo rules in IdM in order to give
ipauser1 permission to run sudo on the remote host.
For the purposes of this example, the
whoami commands are added as sudo commands to test the procedure.
The IdM user has been created. For the purpose of this example, the user is
You have the hostname of the system where you are running sudo remotely. For the purpose of this example, the host is
adminruleto allow a user to run commands.
ipa sudorule-add adminrule
ipa sudocmd-add /usr/bin/less ipa sudocmd-add /usr/bin/whoami
whoamicommands to the
ipa sudorule-add-allow-command adminrule --sudocmds /usr/bin/less ipa sudorule-add-allow-command adminrule --sudocmds /usr/bin/whoami
ipauser1user to the
ipa sudorule-add-user adminrule --users ipauser1
Add the host on which you are running
ipa sudorule-add-host adminrule --hosts server.ipa.test
ipa sudorule-add --helpfor more information.
ipa sudocmd-add --helpfor more information.
6.2. Setting up the PAM module for sudo
This procedure describes how to install and set up the
pam_ssh_agent_auth.so PAM module for sudo authentication with a smart card on any host where you are running sudo.
Install the PAM SSH agent:
dnf -y install pam_ssh_agent_auth
/etc/pam.d/sudofile before any other
#%PAM-1.0 auth sufficient pam_ssh_agent_auth.so authorized_keys_command=/usr/bin/sss_ssh_authorizedkeys auth include system-auth account include system-auth password include system-auth session include system-auth
To enable the SSH agent forwarding to work when you run sudo commands, add the following to the
Defaults env_keep += "SSH_AUTH_SOCK"
This allows users who have their public keys from smart cards stored in IPA/SSSD to authenticate to sudo without entering a password.
systemctl restart sssd
6.3. Connecting to sudo remotely using a smart card
This procedure describes how to configure the SSH agent and client in order to connect to sudo remotely using a smart card.
- You have created sudo rules in IdM.
You have installed and set up the
pam_ssh_agent_authPAM module for sudo authentication on the remote system where you are going to run sudo.
Start the SSH agent (if not already running).
Add your smart card to the SSH agent. Enter your PIN when prompted:
ssh-add -s /usr/lib64/opensc-pkcs11.so
Connect via SSH with ssh-agent forwarding enabled (using the
-Aoption) to the system where you are going to run
ssh -A email@example.com
You should not be prompted for a PIN or password.