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OLD FreeRADIUS 2 Howto

This is deprecated. It was designed for ClearOS 5.2 SP2. The following information has been deprecated as this module has been moved to the extras repository for 5.2 and is to be included in future releases. For instructions on how to install FreeRADIUS click here

Manual method

This guide covers encrypted connections between clients and the RADIUS server through a supplicant or wireless access device. This guide is also limited in the scope of FreeRADIUS configuring it to be an integrated solution to provide WPA2 Infrastructure mode.

Installing FreeRADIUS

Download the freeradius2 package from one of the CentOS mirrors, ie:

yum install freeradius2-ldap
yum install freeradius2-utils

This should install with the dependency for 'freeradius2'. Let it install that and any other dependency.

This install will also create a directory in /etc called raddb. We will be working out of this directory to configure RADIUS.

Setup Webconfig

Be default all users of the system that properly authenticate will have access. To specifically limit access to a particular group, create a group called 'radius_users' in Webconfig. Set any users you want to be members of this group.

While you are here create a test user that is NOT part of the radius_users group. We will use this user to test that they cannot access the system via RADIUS.

We will be limiting the users by group later.


Before starting the service, we will configure security. We will want to tie the existing security between the local certificate authority and the local server keys. We will do this instead of creating new certificates because you will be able to add the CA for the server to your workstation as a trusted certificate authority for a number of services on ClearOS.

Run the following:

mv /etc/raddb/certs /etc/raddb/certs~
mkdir /etc/raddb/certs
cp /etc/ssl/ca-cert.pem /etc/raddb/certs/
cp /etc/ssl/sys-0-cert.pem /etc/raddb/certs/
cp /etc/ssl/dh1024.pem /etc/raddb/certs/
cp /etc/ssl/private/sys-0-key.pem /etc/raddb/certs/
chmod 640 /etc/raddb/certs/*
chgrp -R radiusd /etc/raddb/certs

Next, change the /etc/raddb/eap.conf file to use these certificates instead of creating new default ones.

mv /etc/raddb/eap.conf /etc/raddb/eap.conf~
touch /etc/raddb/eap.conf && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/eap.conf
vi /etc/raddb/eap.conf

Insert the following:

eap {
	#default_eap_type = md5
	default_eap_type = ttls
	timer_expire     = 60
	ignore_unknown_eap_types = no
	cisco_accounting_username_bug = no
	max_sessions = 2048
	md5 {
	leap {
	gtc {
		auth_type = PAP
	tls {
              certdir = ${confdir}/certs
              cadir = ${confdir}/certs
              #private_key_password = whatever
              private_key_password = 
              #private_key_file = ${certdir}/server.pem
              private_key_file = ${certdir}/sys-0-key.pem
              #certificate_file = ${certdir}/server.pem
              certificate_file = ${certdir}/sys-0-cert.pem
              #CA_file = ${cadir}/ca.pem
              CA_file = ${cadir}/ca-cert.pem
              #dh_file = ${certdir}/dh
              dh_file = ${certdir}/dh1024.pem
              #random_file = ${certdir}/random
              random_file = /dev/urandom
              cipher_list = "DEFAULT"
              #make_cert_command = "${certdir}/bootstrap"
              cache {
                    enable = no
                    max_entries = 255
	ttls {
		default_eap_type = md5
		copy_request_to_tunnel = no
		use_tunneled_reply = no
		virtual_server = "inner-tunnel"
	peap {
		default_eap_type = mschapv2
		copy_request_to_tunnel = no
		use_tunneled_reply = no
		virtual_server = "inner-tunnel"
	mschapv2 {

LDAP Module

Replace the entire file named ldap with this content. It's a good idea to backup the file too (cp /etc/raddb/modules/ldap /root/raddb-modules-ldap~).

mkdir /etc/raddb/modules/backup
mv /etc/raddb/modules/ldap /etc/raddb/modules/backup/
touch /etc/raddb/modules/ldap && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/modules/ldap
vi /etc/raddb/modules/ldap

(NOTE: you will need to change the identity, password, and basedn based on your configuration, see /etc/kolab/kolab.conf for bind_dn, bind_pw, and base_dn respectively)

ldap {
	server = "localhost"
	identity = "cn=manager,cn=internal,dc=clearos,dc=lan"
	password = fMOMGUmGJr9ZKBLz
	basedn = "dc=clearos,dc=lan"
	filter = "(uid=%{%{Stripped-User-Name}:-%{User-Name}})"
	ldap_connections_number = 5
	timeout = 4
	timelimit = 3
	net_timeout = 1
	tls {
		start_tls = no
	dictionary_mapping = ${confdir}/ldap.attrmap
	edir_account_policy_check = no
	groupname_attribute = cn
	groupmembership_filter = "(|(&(objectClass=GroupOfNames)(member=%{control:Ldap-UserDn}))(&(objectClass=GroupOfUniqueNames)(uniquemember=%{control:Ldap-UserDn})))"
	groupmembership_attribute = radius_users

Activate LDAP in the Inner Tunnel

You will need to uncomment the ldap line in inner-tunnel in the authorize section. It should be the first ldap you find there.

vi /etc/raddb/sites-enabled/inner-tunnel

That section should now look like this:

        #  If you are using /etc/smbpasswd, and are also doing
        #  mschap authentication, the un-comment this line, and
        #  configure the 'etc_smbpasswd' module, above.
#       etc_smbpasswd

        #  The ldap module will set Auth-Type to LDAP if it has not
        #  already been set

        #  Enforce daily limits on time spent logged in.
#       daily

Setting up Clients

mv /etc/raddb/clients.conf && touch /etc/raddb/clients.conf && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/clients.conf
echo '$INCLUDE clearos.clients.conf' > /etc/raddb/clients.conf
touch /etc/raddb/clearos.clients.conf && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/clearos.clients.conf && vi /etc/raddb/clearos.clients.conf

Paste the following:

client {
      secret          = examplepassword
      shortname       = downstairs_AP
client {
      secret          = examplepassword
      shortname       = test

Setting up Group Membership Restrictions

mv /etc/raddb/users /etc/raddb/users~ && touch /etc/raddb/users && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/users
echo '$INCLUDE clearos.users' > /etc/raddb/users
touch /etc/raddb/clearos.users && chgrp radiusd /etc/raddb/clearos.users && vi /etc/raddb/clearos.users

Paste the following:

DEFAULT LDAP-Group != "radius_users", Auth-Type := Reject

Starting the Service

Start the service:

radiusd -X

Please note the capital X.

After you have run this command the server should respond:

Listening on authentication address * port 1812
Listening on accounting address * port 1813
Listening on command file /var/run/radiusd/radiusd.sock
Listening on proxy address * port 1814
Ready to process requests.

Hit control+C to stop the process and run the following:

service radiusd start

Stop the radiusd service. For the meantime, we will run the service in debugging mode in a separate window.

service radiusd stop
radiusd -X

Testing (Helpful tips in case something is wrong)

You will need a file included on in the wpa_supplicant package but not currently available under the one from the repository called 'eapol_test' because it has to be compiled out of the code and the repository version does not include it. Here is the file. Then place it in /usr/local/bin/ and extract it.

cd ~
md5sum /root/eapol_test.tar.gz

It should report: 0c0dd022cf54d141b1dc0718126d981a eapol_test.tar.gz

Create a 'good user' test file where the user is part of the radius_users group (identity is the username, password is the password, ca-cert is a copy of the server certificate)

vi testgooduser

Create a 'bad user' test file where the user is NOT part of the radius_users group:

vi testbaduser

In this command 'examplepassword' is the shared secret between the clearos.clients.conf and the supplicant. In this case the supplicant is our command line but in the case of your environment, the supplicant is the Wireless Access Device.

eapol_test -s examplepassword -c testgooduser

Set RADIUS to automatically start

Run the following to automatically start radiusd:

chkconfig --level 2345 radiusd on && chkconfig --list radiusd

This command should report:

radiusd        	0:off	1:off	2:on	3:on	4:on	5:on	6:off
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