Description of problem:
When creating a new nss database with certutil, the user has nowhere to find out what should be included in the password to the databse if running in FIPS mode.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. # certutil -N -d nssdb
2. User is being prompted for password, quote:
"The password should be at least 8 characters long,
and should contain at least one non-alphabetic character."
3. The user enters 10 characters long password which contains one digit.
4. # cat cert.der | certutil -d nssdb -A -n "CA Cert" -t 'C,,'
"certutil: could not authenticate to token NSS FIPS 140-2 Certificate DB.: SEC_ERROR_IO: An I/O error occurred during security authorization."
The password requirements are announced in the password prompt message otherwise the user is left to try database creations with different passwords until they finally find out what the requirements are.
Stanislav, your request seems reasonable.
I'm not sure how quickly we could implement the changes upstream, it's probably too late for 7.4.0
I've filed an upstream bug:
We need a volunteer to implement this enhancement upstream.
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.
For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.
If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.