- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
- Python 3.9
- 3rd party modules
When executing my custom Python 3.9 application using pymssql module (3rd party), the following error is displayed on the standard error and Python dumps a core
fips.c(145): OpenSSL internal error, assertion failed: FATAL FIPS SELFTEST FAILURE Aborted (core dumped)
My Python 3.9 application using 3rd party Python modules installed through pip crashes similarly
Follow the procedure described in the Diagnostic Steps section.
If this is a match, proceed further, otherwise open a case on the Customer Portal referencing this solution.
For the failing modules only (e.g.
pymssql in the solution below), instead of relying on pre-built binaries, install the module from the source, as shown in the procedure below.
$ sudo yum -y install gcc python3-devel
Check on the 3rd party project website what are the other pre-requisites to compile the project
In the case of
pymssql, the additional packages below are required (
freetds-develis found in EPEL):
$ sudo yum -y install freetds-devel openssl-devel krb5-devel
Important Note: the project being 3rd party, we may not be able to always help, you may have to find the information by yourself.
Execute the pip command to build from the sources
$ pip-3.9 install --ignore-installed --no-binary :all: pymssql [...] Installing collected packages: pymssql Successfully installed pymssql-2.2.8
If the command fails, this probably means the project has some missing dependencies, you then have to find the information from the pip error being displayed.
Verify the module can now load properly
$ python3.9 [...] >>> import pymssql >>>
Since there was no crash, we know the module is now usable.
pymssql module delivered through pip uses a deprecated openssl library internally, which crashes on recent RHEL8 systems due to not satisfying to FIPS self test specifications.
python3.9in the terminal
$ python3.9 [...] >>>
At the interactive prompt, try loading the help for all installed modules
>>> help("modules") fips.c(145): OpenSSL internal error, assertion failed: FATAL FIPS SELFTEST FAILURE Aborted (core dumped)
If module loading crashes as shown above, this means some 3rd party module is not usable with RHEL8+FIPS.
List all 3rd party modules installed on the system
$ pip-3.9 list Package Version ---------- ------- cffi 1.15.1 pip 20.2.4 pycparser 2.21 pymssql 2.2.8 python-augeas 1.1.0 setuptools 50.3.2
In the example above we have a few modules, including
For each 3rd party module installed on the system, try importing the module one by one to find the culprit
$ python3.9 [...] >>> import cffi >>> import pycparser >>> import pymssql fips.c(145): OpenSSL internal error, assertion failed: FATAL FIPS SELFTEST FAILURE Aborted (core dumped)
In the example above, 2 modules (
pycparser) could be imported successfully, then
pymssqlmade Python crash, the latter is hence the culprit.
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