Renewing the SSL certificates



Communication between the different systems in a UCS domain is largely SSL encrypted. A root certificate and host certificate for each computer are required for the SSL encryption. The root certificate is only valid for a specified period of time, as are the host certificates created with the root certificate. Once this period of time elapses, services which encrypt their communication with SSL (e.g., LDAP) no longer function. It is thus essential to verify the validity of the certificates and create new host certificates as necessary.

The following commands need to be performed on a UCS master.

univention-certificate can be used to check how long a computer certificate will remain valid:

univention-certificate dump -name
Validity Not  Before:  Jun  19  10:40:13  2013  GMT
Not  After :  Jun  18  10:40:14  2018  GMT

When doing so, the FQDN of the computer name (computer name + domain) must be entered. A list of all available certificates can be called up with

univention-certificate list

The certificates for all the computers in a UCS domain usually have the same expiry date. To create new certificates, proceed as follows:

Create backups of the old certificates

 cp -a /etc/univention/ssl /etc/univention/ssl_$(date  +"%d%m%Y") 

Renewal of the certificates

Renew the root certificate

Renew the root certificate entering the contents of the /etc/univention/ssl/password file as the password:

cd  /etc/univention/ssl/ucsCA
openssl x509 -in CAcert.pem -out NewCAcert.pem  -days "$(ucr get ssl/default/days)"  -passin file:/etc/univention/ssl/password  -signkey private/CAkey.pem  -sha256
mv NewCAcert.pem CAcert.pem

Attention: On UCS-Systems in version smaller than 2.0 the folder “/etc/univention/ssl/ucsCA” was named “/etc/univention/ssl/udsCA

Renewing all computer certificates

eval "$(ucr shell)"
cd  /etc/univention/ssl
for i in *".$domainname"; do univention-certificate renew -name "$i" -days "$(ucr get ssl/default/days)"; done 

At the moment, the read permission for the group ‘DC Backup Hosts’ is not set by default. This has to be done manually to make sure, the backup server can read the certificate from the master.

Copy the new certificates

Copying of the new certificates onto the other computer systems (each UCS/UCC system except DC backups - here using ucs-slave as an example computer)

eval "$(ucr shell)"
cd /etc/univention/ssl/
scp ucsCA/CAcert.pem root@ucs-slave:/etc/univention/ssl/ucsCA/
scp -r ucs-slave.$domainname root@ucs-slave:/etc/univention/ssl/
scp -r ucs-slave.$domainname/* root@ucs-slave:/etc/univention/ssl/ucs-slave/

The last step is not required on a UCS backup computer as it occurs automatically via cron.

Is is now mandatory to make the newly created certificate available to all users via the UCS master’s central administration website.
The following command can be used to make the newly created certificate available to all users.

cp ucsCA/CAcert.pem /var/www/ucs-root-ca.crt

After the certificates have been updated, the new information is not yet displayed in Univention Directory Manager. It would only be updated during the next, regular check, as the cronjob set up for this purpose is only run once every day. To be able to verify the validity of the certificates immediately, the corresponding Univention Configuration Registry variables need to be evaluated. This can be done by running the following script


All the services which use the SSL encryption need to be restarted.Alternatively, the system can be restarted if it is not known exactly which services employ SSL.


Since UCS 4.1 every UCS Master and UCS Backup is also a SAML Identity provider and every UCS system in the domain running the Univention Management Console (UMC) is a SAML Service provider. The SAML implementation for UCS uses also TLS encryption and a certificate for the DNS alias ucs-sso.$domainname - this needs to be replaced, too.

On every SAML Identity provider (UCS Master and all UCS Backups), execute the following:

eval "$(ucr shell domainname)"
cp "/etc/univention/ssl/ucs-sso.${domainname}/cert.pem" "/etc/simplesamlphp/ucs-sso.${domainname}-idp-certificate.crt"
cp "/etc/univention/ssl/ucs-sso.${domainname}/private.key" "/etc/simplesamlphp/ucs-sso.${domainname}-idp-certificate.key"
service univention-saml restart

On every SAML Service provider (every UCS system that is part of the domain), the new certificate needs to be evaluated:

eval "$(ucr shell ucs/server/sso/fqdn)"
rm /usr/share/univention-management-console/saml/idp/*.xml
ucr set umc/saml/idp-server="https://${ucs_server_sso_fqdn}/simplesamlphp/saml2/idp/metadata.php" || echo 'Failed!'
/etc/init.d/univention-management-console-web-server restart
univention-run-join-scripts --force --run-scripts 92univention-management-console-web-server.inst


On computers where the cyrus mail server is running, the cert.pem and private.key must also be copied to /var/lib/cyrus/

cp /etc/univention/ssl/"$(hostname -f)"/cert.pem /var/lib/cyrus/ 
cp /etc/univention/ssl/"$(hostname -f)"/private.key /var/lib/cyrus/

After that the permissions (owner) of the new files must be adjusted:

chown cyrus:mail /var/lib/cyrus/cert.pem
chown cyrus:mail /var/lib/cyrus/private.key


If the ad connector is used, the certificates should be renewed as well.
The new certificates can be downloaded from the umc:

cp /etc/univention/ssl/<FQDN of ad system>/{cert.pem,private.key} /var/www/univention-ad-connector/
chgrp www-data /var/www/univention-ad-connector/{cert.pem,private.key}

After that the new certificates can be downloaded from UMC and configured.


If freeradius is used, the cert.pem and private.key must also be copied to /etc/freeradius/ssl

cp /etc/univention/ssl/"$(hostname -f)"/cert.pem /etc/freeradius/ssl/ 
cp /etc/univention/ssl/"$(hostname -f)"/private.key /etc/freeradius/ssl/

After that the permissions (owner) of the new files must be adjusted:

chown root:freerad /etc/freeradius/ssl/cert.pem
chown root:freerad /etc/freeradius/ssl/private.key


If an app within a docker container is used, the certificates should be renewed as well.

Starting with UCS 4.3-0 errata91, run the following command on the Docker host to update the certificates for all installed (docker) apps:

univention-app update-certificates

Prior to UCS 4.3-0 errata91

You have to connect to the docker container shell first and copy the certificates via scp in the container. The following commands work for a UCS based container only. Other Apps may need different commands.

univention-app shell <app-name>
eval "$(ucr shell)"
cd /etc/univention/ssl/
scp $ldap_master:/etc/univention/ssl/ucsCA/CAcert.pem ucsCA
scp -r $ldap_master:/etc/univention/ssl/$hostname.$domainname .
scp -r $ldap_master:/etc/univention/ssl/$hostname .

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