Recovering from puppet cert clean --all

If you just did ‘puppet cert clean –all’ because reasons and now everything is broken like:

test-server:~# puppet agent -vt
Warning: Unable to fetch my node definition, but the agent run will continue:
Warning: Error 400 on SERVER: Could not retrieve facts for test-server.vm: Failed to find facts from PuppetDB at SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=SSLv3 read server certificate B: certificate verify failed: [certificate revoked for /]
Info: Retrieving plugin
Info: Loading facts
Error: Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: Error 400 on SERVER: Failed to submit 'replace facts' command for test-server.vm to PuppetDB at SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=SSLv3 read server certificate B: certificate verify failed: [certificate revoked for /]
Warning: Not using cache on failed catalog
Error: Could not retrieve catalog; skipping run

STOP PANICKING: we can fix this.

If you have a backup of the puppetmaster’s /var/lib/puppet directory, do a restore and hopefully all will be well.

If not, let’s fix the puppetmaster (NB here I’m using a monolithic installation - if your puppetmaster and puppetdbs are on separate machines you’ll have to adapt this a little bit).

Cleaning all the certificates means that the puppetmaster’s own certificate is missing too, so re-generate it with

$ puppetmaster:~# puppet cert generate

Now the puppetmaster has new ssl bits and bobs but puppetdb has the old ones. Clean out the puppetdb ssl directory:

$ puppetmaster:~# rm -rf /etc/puppetdb/ssl/*

And use the handy ssl-setup script to copy the new ones to the right places

$ puppetmaster:~# puppetdb ssl-setup
PEM files in /etc/puppetdb/ssl are missing, we will move them into place for you
Copying files: /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem, /var/lib/puppet/ssl/private_keys/ and /var/lib/puppet/ssl/certs/ to /etc/puppetdb/ssl
Setting ssl-host in /etc/puppetdb/conf.d/jetty.ini already correct.
Setting ssl-port in /etc/puppetdb/conf.d/jetty.ini already correct.
Setting ssl-key in /etc/puppetdb/conf.d/jetty.ini already correct.
Setting ssl-cert in /etc/puppetdb/conf.d/jetty.ini already correct.
Setting ssl-ca-cert in /etc/puppetdb/conf.d/jetty.ini already correct.

Restart all the things:

$ puppetmaster:~# service puppetmaster restart
$ puppetmaster:~# service puppetdb restart

Now, let’s fix the nodes.

Start with a test node (preferably not in production), to verify all the steps so far worked as expected. Remove the existing ssl certs with

$ test-server:~# rm -rf /var/lib/puppet/ssl/*

Now run puppet manually with

$ test-server:~# puppet agent -vt
Info: Creating a new SSL key for test-server.vm
Info: Caching certificate for ca
Info: csr_attributes file loading from /etc/puppet/csr_attributes.yaml
Info: Creating a new SSL certificate request for test-server.vm
Info: Certificate Request fingerprint (SHA256): 92:A9:A6:B1:88:7B:DB:A7:65:00...
Info: Caching certificate for ca
Exiting; no certificate found and waitforcert is disabled

Sign the certificate on the master as usual

$ puppetmaster:~# puppet cert sign test-server.vm

Now your node should run as usual

$ test-server:~# puppet agent -vt
Info: Retrieving plugin
Info: Loading facts
Info: Caching catalog for varnish4.vm
Info: Applying configuration version '1431084513'

The final step is to re-generate certificates for all the rest of your nodes. Option 1: log into every server and repeat the above. Option 2: automate option 2 - think ssh, clusterssh, etc

Good luck!

PS I lied - the final, final step is to set up proper backup and restore of your certificate store at /var/lib/puppet/ssl and delete the clean –all line from your command history so you can’t accidentally run it again.