Fails to log in to IdM WebUI with certificate/smartcard: Authentication not configured?

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Fails to log in to IdM WebUI with certificate/smartcard

  • Certificate has been added to an user1
  • Attempting to login to WebUI using smart card2. After clicking Log In Using Certificate, Authentication with personal certificate failed error message is displayed on browser.
  • Corresponding log message for the HTTP request is found in /var/log/httpd/access_log:

    <...> "GET /ipa/session/login_x509 HTTP/1.1" 403 258
  • Error messages with the same timestamp have also been recorded in /var/log/httpd/error_log

    [lookup_identity:error] [pid <...>] [client w.x.y.z:52166] lookup_user_by_certificate failed [dbus_connection_send_with_reply_and_block(org.freedesktop.sssd.infopipe.Users.FindByNameAndCertificate)]: [Permission denied], referer:
    [lookup_identity:error] [pid <...>] [client w.x.y.z:52166] lookup_user_by_certificate cleared r->user, referer:
    [core:error] [pid <...>] [client w.x.y.z:52166] AH00027: No authentication done but request not allowed without authentication for /ipa/session/login_x509. Authentication not configured?, referer:


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • Red Hat Identity Management (IdM) / FreeIPA
    • ipa-server
    • httpd

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