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       puppet-cert - Manage certificates and requests


       Standalone  certificate authority. Capable of generating certificates, but mostly used for
       signing certificate requests from puppet clients.


       puppet  cert  action  [-h|--help]  [-V|--version]  [-d|--debug]  [-v|--verbose]  [--digest
       digest] [host]


       Because  the  puppet  master  service defaults to not signing client certificate requests,
       this script is available for  signing  outstanding  requests.  It  can  be  used  to  list
       outstanding requests and then either sign them individually or sign all of them.


       Every  action  except  ´list´  and  ´generate´  requires  a hostname to act on, unless the
       ´--all´ option is set.

       The most important actions for day-to-day use are ´list´ and ´sign´.

       clean  Revoke a host´s certificate (if applicable) and remove all files  related  to  that
              host  from  puppet  cert´s storage. This is useful when rebuilding hosts, since new
              certificate signing requests will only be honored if puppet cert does  not  have  a
              copy  of  a signed certificate for that host. If ´--all´ is specified then all host
              certificates, both signed and unsigned, will be removed.

              Print the DIGEST (defaults to  the  signing  algorithm)  fingerprint  of  a  host´s

              Generate  a certificate for a named client. A certificate/keypair will be generated
              for each client named on the command line.

       list   List outstanding certificate requests. If ´--all´ is specified, signed certificates
              are  also listed, prefixed by ´+´, and revoked or invalid certificates are prefixed
              by ´-´ (the verification outcome is printed in parenthesis). If  ´--human-readable´
              or  ´-H´  is  specified,  certificates  are  formatted  in  a  way to improve human
              scan-ability. If ´--machine-readable´ or ´-m´ is  specified,  output  is  formatted
              concisely for consumption by a script.

       print  Print the full-text version of a host´s certificate.

       revoke Revoke  the certificate of a client. The certificate can be specified either by its
              serial number (given as a hexadecimal number prefixed by ´0x´) or by its  hostname.
              The certificate is revoked by adding it to the Certificate Revocation List given by
              the ´cacrl´ configuration option. Note that the puppet master needs to be restarted
              after revoking certificates.

       sign   Sign an outstanding certificate request. If ´--interactive´ or ´-i´ is supplied the
              user will be prompted to confirm that they  are  signing  the  correct  certificate
              (recommended).  If  ´--assume-yes´  or ´-y´ is supplied the interactive prompt will
              assume the answer of ´yes´.

       verify Verify the named certificate against the local CA certificate.

              Build an inventory of the  issued  certificates.  This  will  destroy  the  current
              inventory  file specified by ´cert_inventory´ and recreate it from the certificates
              found in the ´certdir´. Ensure the puppet master is  stopped  before  running  this


       Note  that  any  setting  that´s  valid  in  the  configuration  file is also a valid long
       argument. For example,  ´ssldir´  is  a  valid  setting,  so  you  can  specify  ´--ssldir
       directory´ as an argument.

       See           the           configuration          file          documentation          at for the  full  list
       of  acceptable  parameters.  A  commented  list  of  all configuration options can also be
       generated by running puppet cert with ´--genconfig´.

       --all  Operate on all items. Currently only makes  sense  with  the  ´sign´,  ´list´,  and
              ´fingerprint´ actions.

              Sign  a certificate request even if it contains one or more alternate DNS names. If
              this option isn´t specified, ´puppet cert  sign´  will  ignore  any  requests  that
              contain alternate names.

              In general, ONLY certs intended for a Puppet master server should include alternate
              DNS names, since Puppet agent relies on those names for  identifying  its  rightful

              You  can  make  Puppet  agent request a certificate with alternate names by setting
              ´dns_alt_names´ in puppet.conf or specifying ´--dns_alt_names´ on the command line.
              The  output  of  ´puppet  cert  list´  shows  any  requested  alt names for pending
              certificate requests.

              Enable the signing of a request with authorization extensions.  Such  requests  are
              sensitive  because  they  can  be  used  to  write  access  rules in Puppet Server.
              Currently, this is the only means by which such requests can be signed.

              Set the digest for fingerprinting (defaults to the digest  used  when  signing  the
              cert). Valid values depends on your openssl and openssl ruby extension version.

              Enable full debugging.

       --help Print this help message

              Enable verbosity.

              Print the puppet version number and exit.


       $ puppet cert list
       $ puppet cert sign


       Luke Kanies


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