Bug 1857104 - Using FreeIPA breaks IPv4/IPv6 flags for SSH
Summary: Using FreeIPA breaks IPv4/IPv6 flags for SSH
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sssd
Version: 36
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Pavel Březina
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2020-07-15 07:05 UTC by Pierre Ossman
Modified: 2022-02-08 20:17 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

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OpenSSH Project 3199 0 None None None 2020-08-03 13:45:52 UTC
Red Hat Issue Tracker SSSD-3219 0 None None None 2022-02-03 13:05:16 UTC

Description Pierre Ossman 2020-07-15 07:05:48 UTC
Description of problem:
If a client is configured using ipa-client-install then the -4 and -6 flags stop working for ssh.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Doesn't matter. Seen on RHEL 6 through 8, and on current Fedora.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. ipa-client-install
2. ssh -4 host.example.com

Actual results:
Connected via IPv6

Expected results:
Connected via IPv4

Additional info:
The bug is that sss_ssh_knownhostsproxy is configured on the client and that command doesn't respect the flags given to ssh.

The issue affects all hosts, not just those part of the same FreeIPA domain.

A practical effect of this is that connections get rejected or misbehave because of IP based rules in place for this connection.

Comment 1 Pavel Březina 2020-07-20 10:43:12 UTC
I can reproduce it, thank you. However, I'm not sure if proxy commands can even get ssh parameters, Jakub?

Comment 2 Jakub Jelen 2020-07-30 11:03:03 UTC
The proxy command is was not really designed around the ipa proxy command so there is really no simple way how to make this working out of the box for these ad-hoc commands. When executing proxy commands, the address family is thrown away and there is no address family token that could be passed to the proxy command.

From top of my head one solution could be introduction of address family token that could be passed to IPA proxy command alongside with the hostname and port, but it would require patches for both sss_ssh_knownhostsproxy and ssh. Let me check if OpenSSH upstream would be willing to introduce this new token.

Comment 3 Pavel Březina 2020-07-30 11:06:08 UTC
Thank you.

Comment 4 Jakub Jelen 2020-08-03 13:45:53 UTC
The upstream mailing list thread:


And the bug with patch I filled:


With this, sss_ssh_knownhostsproxy would need to learn -4 and -6 switches and ipa install would need to set-up the %f replacement character for the commandline.

Comment 5 Pavel Březina 2020-08-04 12:13:14 UTC
Sounds good to me.

Comment 6 Jakub Jelen 2020-08-07 07:20:56 UTC
Pavel, one more fast solution that came to my mind would be parsing parent process command-line to get this information from ssh (ssh is always parent process). It would be trivial to catch -4 or -6 options specified on commandline, but more complicated if -oAddressFamily=inet would be user or if AddressFamily would be used from configuration files (unless we would like to parse these too).

Comment 7 Pavel Březina 2020-08-13 12:21:32 UTC
Thank you for looking into it. Given this is an SSH limitation I think it is better to wait for official solution instead of implementing some (temporary) workaround.

Comment 8 Pavel Březina 2020-08-24 09:00:05 UTC
Is there any openssh ticket that this bug can depend on?

Comment 9 Jakub Jelen 2020-08-24 21:08:39 UTC
Not yet. Only the upstream links I sent in previous comments. And I am hesitant to create more downstream bugs as we do not have yes/no from upstream.

Comment 10 Pavel Březina 2021-04-21 11:37:43 UTC
Hi Jakub, I don't see any progress on the upstream ticket. Should we close this BZ? Or do you have capacity to pursue this further?

Unfortunately, we can't do anything about this without the upstream support.

Comment 11 Jakub Jelen 2021-04-21 14:59:23 UTC
Sorry, no progress from my side. Upstream was not convinced with the necessity of this and I no longer maintain OpenSSH (added Dima the current maintainer for reference).

But fur the future, I believe sssd should be modified to use KnownHostsCommand instead of ProxyCommand, which will be less fragile for these corner cases. I filled an issue upstream some time ago:


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Comment 13 Pavel Březina 2021-04-30 11:12:32 UTC
Thanks, this seems like a way to go.

Comment 14 Ben Cotton 2022-02-08 20:17:38 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 36 development cycle.
Changing version to 36.

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