Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Integrating SSH with AWS Simple Directory

I had a helluva time trying to get SSH to authenticate against AWS Simple Directory (AD), so I figured I'd jot down some notes about what I finally got to work.

First, I added all public SSH keys to the altSecurityIdentities attribute in AD. Probably not what it's for but it's there and it works!

Second, I added a script to /etc/ssh which fetches the public keys for a particular user:

#!/bin/sh
ldapsearch '(&(objectClass=user)(sAMAccountName='"$1"'))' -H ldap://ad.urbanlogiq.com:3268 -D '***' -w '***' 'altSecurityIdentities' | sed -n '/^ /{H;d};/altSecurityIdentities:/x;$g;s/\n *//g;s/altSecurityIdentities: //gp'

... which was referenced by the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file:

[... snip ...]
AuthorizedKeysCommand /etc/ssh/ldap_keys.sh
AuthorizedKeysCommandUser nobody
[... snip ...]

Then, I installed the libpam-ldapd package (note the trailing d!) The nslcd daemon was configured like so:

# /etc/nslcd.conf
# nslcd configuration file. See nslcd.conf(5)
# for details.

# The user and group nslcd should run as.
uid nslcd
gid nslcd

# The location at which the LDAP server(s) should be reachable.
uri ldap://ad.myhouse.inthemiddleofthestreet.com:3268

# The search base that will be used for all queries.
base ***

# The LDAP protocol version to use.
ldap_version 3

# The DN to bind with for normal lookups.
binddn ***
bindpw ***

# The DN used for password modifications by root.
#rootpwmoddn cn=admin,dc=example,dc=com

# SSL options
#ssl off
#tls_reqcert never
tls_cacertfile /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

# The search scope.
scope sub

# Mappings for Active Directory
# This is the important bit; these fields match up with the fields added by Directory Services for UNIX
pagesize 1000
#referrals no
filter passwd (&(objectClass=person))
map    passwd uid              sAMAccountName
map    passwd homeDirectory    "/home/$sAMAccountName"
map    passwd loginShell       "/bin/bash"
map    passwd gecos            displayName
map    passwd uidNumber        objectSid:S-1-5-21-3623811015-3361044348-30300820
map    passwd gidNumber        objectSid:S-1-5-21-3623811015-3361044348-30300820
# If you wish to override the shell given by LDAP, uncomment the next line
#map    passwd loginShell       "/bin/bash"
filter shadow (&(objectClass=person))
map    shadow uid              sAMAccountName
map    shadow shadowLastChange pwdLastSet
filter group  (objectClass=group)
#map    group  gid              member

Note the attribute map above; the uidNumber and gidNumber maps are needed otherwise things will break when it tries to find your user in the default SimpleDirectory schema. Next, nsswitch.conf needs to be updated to use ldap:

[... snip ...]
passwd:         compat ldap
group:          compat ldap
shadow:         compat ldap
[... snip ...]

And, lastly, /etc/pam.d/common-session needs to be augmented for PAM to create the home directory on first login. Just stuff this line at the end:

session  required pam_mkhomedir.so skel=/etc/skel umask=0022

And that's what I did! I still need to sort out sudo functionality. Maybe that'll be a future update.

1 comment:

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