Security concerns

The following presents multiple security-related topics.

Agent authentication on server side

The server automatically trust any received message, using the identifier found in the message (unfortunatly called DEVICEID) to identify the sending agent. An attacker may then inject data, either to masquerade legitimate data, or just to fill GLPI database and trigger a denial of service.

In order to protect against this threat, access to the actual fusioninventory plugin URL should be protected, using any access control mechanism from the web server. For instance, source address restriction on an Apache server 2.4.x:

<Location /plugins/fusioninventory>
# only accept requests from trusted network
Require ip

Unfortunatly, there is no way to safely distinguish an HTTP request from a regular user accessing plugin content through a browser, such as images or javascript, from a fusioninventory agent retrieving its tasks list or posting a task execution result. Using HTTP User Agent will only protect against errors, as its value is set by the client:

<Location /plugins/fusioninventory>
<If "%{HTTP_USER_AGENT} =~ /^FusionInventory-Agent_v/">
    # only accept agent requests from trusted network
    Require ip

Until an actual solution is implemented, the best workaround currently is to restrict access for POST queries only, as this will prevent data injection, without affecting regular usage:

<Location /plugins/fusioninventory>
<Limit POST>
    # only accept agent execution results from trusted network
    Require ip

Arbitrary command execution on agent side

Some tasks are explicitely designed to make the agent execute arbitrary commands on its host. For instance, the Deploy task is used to install software on agent side.

If you don’t have any interest for those tasks, for instance because you’re only using local inventory, you’d rather run the agent in a mode where the server doesn’t control what tasks the agent executes, as detailed on usage page. Or even better, only install the tasks you are interested in, and not the other, which is highly dependant on your installation method.

And if you have an interest for this kind of tasks, you should use TLS to ensure proper server authentication, unless agent-server communication only occurs on a trusted network where host spoofing is considered impossible,

Agent-server exchange confidentiality

Some messages between agent and server may contain sensible informations. The agent may use a password to authenticate on the server, for instance. Or the server may send SNMP credentials to the agent in order to perform a remote inventory.

Unless agent-server communication only occurs on a trusted network where traffic eavesdropping is considered impossible, you should use TLS to protect exchange confidentiality.

TLS usage

Server setup

TLS support on server side is done by the web server, typically using Apache mod_ssl module.

If you can’t get trusted TLS certificates from regular Certification Authority, the following command generates a key and a self-signed certificate, valid for two years:

$> openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -days 730 -nodes -x509 -keyout server.key -out server.crt -subj "/"
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
writing new private key to 'server.key'
You have to ensure the exact host name in your server URL matches the certificate Common Name attribute. For instance, if your server URL is http(s)://, the common name should be ''.

The key, in server.key file, is the private part allowing the server to prove its identity. It should not be distributed, and be correctly protected. The certificate, in server.crt file, is the public part allowing other piece of software to check the server identity, and can be freely distributed.

Both files have to be installed on the server host, and the web server should be configured to use them. For instance, on Apache with mod_ssl:

SSLCertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/server.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/private/server.key

The certificate file also has to be installed on each agent host, and the agent should be configured to use it as the Certification Authority certificate.

Agent setup

TLS support on agent side relies on LWP (also known as libwww-perl), the standard Perl library for HTTP communication. This library is able to use either Crypt::SSLeay or IO::Socket::SSL perl modules transparently for HTTPS support. However, only the second one is able to perform server certificate validation. As a consequence, the agent will refuse to use HTTPS, and exit immediatly if IO::Socket::SSL is not available, unless certificate checking has been explicitely disabled, through no-ssl-check configuration parameter (or alternatively, –no-ssl-check command line option).

The Certification Authority certificate must be installed on each agent host, and the agent should be configured to use it as certification authority, with ca-cert-file configuration parameter (or alternatively, –ca-cert-dir command line option).