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SSH Tectia 
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    About This Document >>
    Installing SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
    Getting Started with SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
    Configuring the Server >>
    Authentication >>
        Using the z/OS System Authorization Facility
        Server Authentication with Public Keys in File >>
        Server Authentication with Certificates >>
        User Authentication with Passwords
        User Authentication with Public Keys in File >>
        User Authentication with Certificates >>
            Certificates Stored in File
            Certificate User Mapping File
            Certificates Stored in SAF
        Host-Based User Authentication >>
        User Authentication with Keyboard-Interactive
    System Administration >>
    File Transfer Using SFTP >>
    Secure File Transfer Using Transparent FTP Security >>
    Tunneling >>
    Troubleshooting SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
    Man Pages and Default Configuration Files >>
    Log Messages >>

Certificates Stored in File

To configure the server to allow user authentication with certificates, perform the following tasks:

  1. Acquire the CA certificate and copy it to the server machine. You can either copy the X.509 certificate(s) as such or you can copy a PKCS #7 package including the CA certificate(s). Certificates can be extracted from a PKCS #7 package by specifying the -7 flag with ssh-keygen-g3.
  2. Certificate authentication is a part of the publickey authentication method. Make sure that you have enabled it in the /opt/tectia/etc/sshd2_config file:
    AllowedAuthentications        publickey
    AuthPublicKey.Cert.Required   no 
    Setting the AuthPublicKey.Cert.Required option to yes defines that the user must authenticate with a certificate or else the authentication will fail.
  3. Specify the trusted CA certificate and the mapping file(s) in the ssh_certd_config file:
    Pki                      <ca-cert-path>
    MapFile                  <map-file-path>
    You can define several CA certificates by using several Pki keywords.
    Pki                      test-ca1.crt
    MapFile                  cert-user-mapping1.txt
    Pki                      test-ca2.crt
    MapFile                  cert-user-mapping2a.txt
    MapFile                  cert-user-mapping2b.txt
    Note that multiple MapFile keywords are permitted per Pki keyword. Also, if no mapping file is defined, all connections are denied even if user certificates can be verified using the defined CA certificate. The server will accept only certificates issued by defined CA(s).
  4. Also define the LDAP server(s) used for CRL checks in the ssh_certd_config file. If the CA services (OCSP, CRLs) are located behind a firewall, define also the SOCKS server.
    LdapServers              ldap://
    SocksServer              socks://
    Defining the LDAP server is not necessary if the CA certificate contains a CRL Distribution Point or an Authority Info Access extension.
  5. Create the certificate user mapping file as described in Section Certificate User Mapping File.
  6. Restart ssh-certd as instructed in Section Restarting ssh-certd.

For more information on the configuration file options, see sshd2_config and ssh_certd_config.

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