This document give a brief overview over the system configuration items. You find those settings in the files in the
Configure the settings for the database layer. You need at least a configuration for the main database. It is possible to provide a seperate database for logging purposes, just copy the complete block from
system.database.logging and adjust as required. If you don’t configure a logging database, the main database is used.
The general configuration block looks like:
main: type: supported driver name name: name of the database host: host port: port user: database user passwd: database credential namespace: namespace (to be used with oracle) environment: db_driver_env_key: value driver: LongReadLen: 10000000
OpenXPKI supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and DB2.
The namespace parameter is used only by the Oracle driver.
DB2 uses only the name parameter and reads other settings from the environment,
which are passed as a key/value list below the environment key.
Options given to
driver are passed to DBI as extra parameters.
Check perldoc OpenXPKI::Server::Database::Driver::<type> for more info on the parameters.
Settings about filesystem, daemon and services to start. Located at
os related stuff
i18n locale settings:
i18n: locale_directory: path to the gettext locales on your system default_language: supported locale (e.g. en_US.utf8)
Location of the locale files and the default language used. If you set another language than
C, make sure you have the correct po-files installed, otherwise OpenXPKI won’t even start! This usually only affects logging and system messages as most of the client related output uses the locale settings from the client session. We recommend using C as default.
Those settings determine the properties of the OpenXPKI daemon openxpkid.:
name: label for your process list, useful if you are running multiple servers. user: Unix user to run as (numeric or name) group: Group to run as (numeric or name) socket_file: Location of the communication socket. pid_file: Location of the pid file. environment: key: value log4perl: path to your Log4perl configuration file (the primary system logger). stderr: File to redirect stderr to after dettaching from console. tmpdir: Location for temporary files, writable by the daemon. session: directory: Directory to store the session information. lifetime: Lifetime of the sessions on the server side.
The socket, pidfile and stderr are created during startup while running as root. The directory must exist, be writeable by root and accessible by the user the daemon runs as. The tmpdir must be writable by the daemon user, it can be a ramfs but can grow large in high volume environments.
transport: Simple: 1
The transport setting is reserved for future use, leave it untouched.
service: Default: enabled: 1 timeout: 120 SCEP: enabled: 1
The service block lists all services to be enabled, the key is the name of the service, the enabled key is supported by all services, for all other parameters consult the concrete service documentation (perldoc OpenXPKI::Service::<ServiceName>).
shift: 8 node: id: 0 data_exchange:
TODO - this is not used yet
Server Type (Fork vs. PreFork)¶
The default is
Fork which create a new child on every incoming
connection, handles the current request and exits. The webui resuses the
backend connection as long as the CGI wrapper is running but most of the
other clients don’t and there require a new fork on every request.
To reuse existing childs you can set the server type to prefork which forkes of child process on server startup and reuses them for multiple connections. In server.yaml uncomment this block:
type: PreFork prefork: min_servers: 5 min_spare_servers: 5 max_servers: 25 max_spare_servers: 10
The option is optional, if not provided the defaults of the Net::Server module are used.
The openxpkid daemon forks a watchdog process to take care of background processes.
It is initialised with default settings, but you can provide your own values by setting them at
# How to deal with exceptions max_exception_threshhold: 10 interval_sleep_exception: 60 max_tries_hanging_workflows: 3 # Control the wait intervals interval_wait_initial: 60 interval_loop_idle: 5 interval_loop_run: 1 # You should not change this unless you know what you are doing max_instance_count: 1 disabled: 0
Please see perldoc OpenXPKI::Server::Watchdog for details.
Crypto layer (global)¶
Define several parameters for the basic crypto tools.
You should not need to touch this unless you are developing your own crypto classes.
tokenapi: certsign: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Backend::API datasafe: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Backend::API scep: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Tool::SCEP::API
The setting denotes the name of the perl module used as backend class when using a token of the given class. Default tokens are certsign, is used for all ca operations, and datasafe, used to internally´ encrypt data. Any tokens that are not defined here, use OpenXPKI::Crypto::Backend::API by default. If you run a scep server, you must add the line for the scep module, as it does not work with the default.
configuration of the default tokens
token: default: backend: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Backend::OpenSSL api: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Backend::API engine: OpenSSL key_store: OPENXPKI # OpenSSL binary location shell: /usr/bin/openssl # OpenSSL binary call gets wrapped with this command wrapper: '' # random file to use for OpenSSL randfile: /var/openxpki/rand pkcs7: backend: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Tool::PKCS7 api: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Tool::PKCS7::API javaks: backend: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Tool::CreateJavaKeystore api: OpenXPKI::Crypto::Tool::CreateJavaKeystore::API
If you have non-standard file locations, you might want to change the OpenSSL relevant settings here, the wrapper allows you to provide the name of a wrapper command which is commonly necessary if you use hardware security modules or other special OpenSSL eninges for your crypto operations. See the section about using HSMs for more details.
Developer note: See OpenXPKI::Crypto::TokenManager::get_system_token
The detailed settings of each realm are given in the specific realm configuration. To use a realm you need to specify and enable it at
ca-one: label: This is just a verbose label for your CA
You should use only 7bit word characters and no spaces as name for the realm.