Wallet Installation and Setup

MySQL Database Setup

The following instructions are for setting up the wallet with a MySQL database on the same host as the wallet server. Since the wallet is designed to be a security-sensitive application, running MySQL on the same system is recommended, although it will certainly work with a remote MySQL server. The instructions below would require only minor modifications, mostly around the database host.

After installing the MySQL server, connect as a user with permissions to create new databases and users. Then, issue the following commands:

    create database wallet;
    create user wallet identified by 'PASSWORD';
    grant all on wallet.* to wallet;

This creates a wallet user that can be used by the rest of the wallet system and gives it access to the wallet database, where it can create its own tables.

Now, create an /etc/wallet/wallet.conf file and include settings like:

    $DB_DRIVER = 'MySQL';
    $DB_NAME = 'wallet';
    $DB_HOST = 'localhost';
    $DB_USER = 'wallet';

SQLite Database Setup

SQLite is very nice in that you don't have to create the database first. You don't even have to create the file. Just create /etc/wallet/wallet.conf with something like:

    $DB_DRIVER = 'SQLite';
    $DB_INFO = '/path/to/database';

That's all there is to it.

Database Initialization

Now, you have to create the necessary tables, indexes, and similar content in the database so that the wallet can start working. Run:

    wallet-admin initialize USER

where USER is the fully-qualified Kerberos principal of an administrator. This will create the database, create an ADMIN ACL, and put USER in that ACL so that user can add other administrators and start creating objects.

Wallet Configuration

Review the Wallet::Config documentation (with man Wallet::Config or perldoc Wallet::Config) and set any other configuration variables that you want or need. If you're going to use the keytab object implementation, you'll need to create a keytab with appropriate kadmin privileges and set several configuration variables.

On the wallet server, install remctld. Then, install the configuration fragment in config/wallet in the remctld configuration. You can do this either by adding the two non-comment lines of that file to your remctl.conf or, if your remctl.conf includes a directory of configuration fragments, drop config/wallet into that directory. You may need to change the path to wallet-backend.

Note that the default wallet configuration allows any authenticated user to run the wallet backend and relies on the wallet's ACLs for all access control. Normally, this is what you want. But if you're using the wallet for a very limited purpose, you may want to change ANYUSER in that configuration fragment to a path to a regular ACL file and only allow certain users to run wallet commands at all.

Once you have the configuration in place, restart or send a HUP signal to remctld to make it re-read the configuration.

Now, you can start using the wallet. Read the wallet man page for details on all the possible commands. The first step is probably to create a new object with the create command, create an ACL with the acl create command, add the ACL entries that should own that object to that ACL with acl add, and then set that ACL as the owner of the object with the owner command.


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