Bug 2235589 - gnutls fails in FIPS mode: Error in GnuTLS initialization: Error while performing self checks.
Summary: gnutls fails in FIPS mode: Error in GnuTLS initialization: Error while perfor...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnutls
Version: 39
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Crypto Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
URL: https://cockpit-logs.us-east-1.linode...
Whiteboard: CockpitTest
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2023-08-29 07:09 UTC by Martin Pitt
Modified: 2023-09-15 18:42 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: gnutls-3.8.1-1.fc39
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Last Closed: 2023-09-15 18:42:07 UTC
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Description Martin Pitt 2023-08-29 07:09:11 UTC
Summary says it all.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. fips-mode-setup --enable
2. reboot
3. gnutls-cli localhost
Actual Results:  
Error in GnuTLS initialization: Error while performing self checks.
global_init: Error while performing self checks.

and exits with code 1

Expected Results:  
Starts connecting and errors with "Could not connect to Connection refused" (or succeeds if there is actually a https server running)

Comment 1 Daiki Ueno 2023-08-29 07:33:02 UTC
According to the log, this seems to be caused by nettle and gnutls version mismatch, where nettle is nettle-3.9.1-2.fc39.x86_64 while gnutls is gnutls-3.8.0-7.fc39.x86_64. I believe either downgrading nettle to the previous version (nettle-3.9.1-1.fc39) or updating gnutls to gnutls-3.8.1-1.fc39 should fix the issue.

Comment 2 Martin Pitt 2023-08-29 07:50:34 UTC
Indeed my VM (built about two hours ago) currently has nettle-3.9.1-2.fc39.x86_64 , which is even newer than in https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/?packages=nettle (whose latest version is 3.9.1-1).

I updated to https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2023-7ef3bc8d6d , i.e. to gnutls 3.8.1-1.fc39  and that indeed fixes the issue. Want to refer to this bug in the bodhi advisory? I'm happy to karma it up then.


Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2023-08-30 09:15:18 UTC
FEDORA-2023-7ef3bc8d6d has been submitted as an update to Fedora 39. https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2023-7ef3bc8d6d

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2023-09-15 18:42:07 UTC
FEDORA-2023-7ef3bc8d6d has been pushed to the Fedora 39 stable repository.
If problem still persists, please make note of it in this bug report.

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