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The Apache HTTP server is the Apache Software Foundation's web server. See the project's website for more details.


Apache Moonshot module information

These instructions relate to using the Apache Moonshot module package. To build the module manually, see the Building Apache HTTPD module on RHEL/CentOS/SL 6 manually page.

All of the instructions below assume that you have root access, and will work as the root user (either directly or using sudo).

1. System Preparation

1.1. Turn off SELinux

Currently, Moonshot will not work while SELinux is in enforcing mode. Until we resolve this, simply turn SELinux to permissive mode. This can be done temporarily (i.e., on reboot it will be turned back on), or permanently (the change will persist).

1.1.1. Temporarily

The following command will turn Enforcing mode off:

$ echo 0 > /selinux/enforce

1.1.2. Permanently

Edit /etc/sysconfig/selinux and change "SELINUX=enforcing" to "SELINUX=permissive". Reboot the system.

1.2. Add the Moonshot libraries

If you have not already done so, you first need to follow the instructions on how to install the Moonshot Libraries on RHEL/CentOS/SL 6.

2. Installation Instructions

  1. To use the Apache module, install it and the MIT Kerberos client package:

    $ yum install mod_auth_gssapi krb5-workstation
  2. Add a dummy Kerberos key to make the module happy:

    $ ktutil
    ktutil:  addent -password -p HTTP/localhost@YOUR-WEBSERVER-HOSTNAME -k 1 -e aes256-cts
    <enter any password>
    ktutil:  wkt /etc/httpd/krb5.keytab
    ktutil:  quit
  3. Export the location of the keytab file into Apache's config:

    $ echo export KRB5_KTNAME=/etc/httpd/krb5.keytab >> /etc/httpd/envvars


    Alternatively, you can use the GSSKrb5Keytab configuration option in the Location directive in Section 3.1 to specify the keytab.

  4. Assign the correct permissions to the keytab file:

    $ chown apache.apache /etc/httpd/krb5.keytab
  5. Ensure that the certificates referenced in /etc/radsec.conf can be read by the Apache user:

    $ su - --shell=/bin/bash apache
    $ cat path_to_ca.pem
    $ cat path_to_client.pem
    $ cat path_to_client.key

    If they cannot be read, add the Apache user to the group that has read access to the certificates.

  6. Verify that the KeepAlive option is enabled in the Apache configuration file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:

    KeepAlive On
  7. Restart Apache:

    $ service httpd restart

3. Configuration Instructions

Shibboleth2 Apache module incompatibility

Please note that this module is currently not compatible with the Shibboleth2 service provider Apache module. When testing or using the Moonshot module, disable the Shibboleth module and restart the webserver before attempting your test. We are attempting to resolve this problem.

3.1. Protecting a location with Moonshot

To protect a particular location on your Apache server, you must configure it with an AuthType of "Negotiate".

The /etc/httpd/conf.d/auth_gssapi.conf file contains a sample configuration that can get you started.


To allow anyone with a valid Moonshot account to access /wherever, you would do the following:

<Location "/wherever">
    AuthType Negotiate
    Require valid-user

3.2. Populating REMOTE_USER

Web services often rely on the REMOTE_USER Apache environment variable for user information, such as a local user account or a pseudonymous identifier.

To populate REMOTE_USER, update the reply from the RP Proxy with the User-Name RADIUS attribute in the RP Proxy's post-auth section:

update reply {
        User-Name := "content"

3.3. HTTPS Internet Explorer compatibility

For updated best practice with Internet Explorer connections, you should also read Microsoft's HTTPS and Keep-Alive Connections article.

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