Why is SSSD process failing to start and logging a message 'sssd Failed to read keytab [xxxx]: Bad address' in Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

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Issue

  • While trying to start the sssd service it fails.
~]# service sssd restart
Stopping sssd:                                             [  OK  ]
Starting sssd:                                             [FAILED]
  • In the /var/log/messages file it complains about not able to read the keytab.
~]# cat /var/log/messages
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[nss]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[autofs]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[pam]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[nss]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[autofs]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:41 LOCALHOST sssd[pam]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:42 LOCALHOST sssd[be[default]]: Starting up
May 16 11:44:42 LOCALHOST sssd[be[default]]: Failed to read keytab [default]: Bad address
May 16 11:44:42 LOCALHOST sssd: Exiting the SSSD. Could not restart critical service [default].

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x

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