Bug 446920 - (WPA-PEM) NetworkManager can't find .pem files
NetworkManager can't find .pem files
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-05-16 12:51 EDT by Alan Escuredo
Modified: 2009-07-14 13:52 EDT (History)
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Description Alan Escuredo 2008-05-16 12:51:47 EDT
Description of problem:
When I try to connect to a WPA Enterprise wireless network, NetworkManager can't
find any CA .pem files in the specified route.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
In NetworkManager applet, connect to a WPA encrypted network and try to select a
.pem file in the specified route. It doesn't appear.

Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:
No files in directory.

Expected results:
Some .pem files recognized.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Alan Escuredo 2008-05-16 15:06:15 EDT
I forgot to add that this annoying bug happens on Fedora 9.
Comment 2 Dan Williams 2008-07-03 07:17:17 EDT
Do your PEM files have the textual representation of the certificate before it
has the actual binary certificate data?  Basically, how many bytes of the file
are before the "--------- BEGIN CERTIFICATE -------------" string?
Comment 3 Robert Freeman-Day 2008-07-07 14:14:33 EDT
I can confirm a similar issue.  Now, I just go to /etc/pki/tls/cert.pem and try
to point it at that.  The terminal shows me it is there, but I cannot see it in
nm-applet's file browser.  It looks like the cert.pem file is a large
concatenated list of certificate authorities with the actual certs  padded with
what you call a textual representation of the certificate.  

Could this be actually an issue with openssl since "yum whatprovides
/etc/pki/tls/cert.pem" gives me openssl

Going to see if Fedora 8 acts similarly.
Comment 4 Robert Freeman-Day 2008-07-08 08:50:55 EDT
I have confirmed same behavior with Fedora 8.  We have a wireless network
similar to the setup here:  http://www.divms.uiowa.edu/help/wireless/fedora9.html

We need to point our "CA Certificate" to the specific Thawte CA (which other
distros have as separate files for each CA), but cannot do that.  I do not wish
to download the CA from Thawte itself because I want it to be maintained from
the package manager...and hence I also do not want to export the CA from the FF
Comment 5 Jessica Sterling 2009-03-05 12:02:37 EST
This bug has been triaged

Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
Comment 6 Robert Freeman-Day 2009-05-06 11:09:15 EDT

There may be an additional rub with this.  I see that this may very well be fixed with recent versions of 10 on up.  Now I cannot get this pem bundle provided by ca-certificates to be accepted in Network Manager.  I reported this recently:


Why can't the CA be separated into separate pem files instead of a big bundle like SUSE and the deb based distros?
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 20:54:07 EDT
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Comment 8 FRLinux 2009-06-16 13:33:07 EDT
Hello, I have the same behavior on a Fedora 11 system : 

[frlinux@vaio ~]$ uname -a
Linux vaio #1 SMP Wed May 27 17:27:08 EDT 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[frlinux@vaio ~]$ rpm -qa |grep Manager
[frlinux@vaio ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release 
Fedora release 11 (Leonidas)

You can find a screenshot of the issue here : http://frlinux.net/weblog/fedora11_eduroam.png

Let me know if you need more there.
Comment 9 FRLinux 2009-06-16 13:35:14 EDT
Sorry actually, the certificate was incompletely pasted... It works!
Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 13:52:42 EDT
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