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Installing FIPS-compliant Puppet Enterprise

Installing FIPS-compliant Puppet Enterprise

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PE version 2019.2 complies with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 standards. Both the express and text install methods can be used to install a FIPS-compliant PE master on FIPS-compliant platforms.

The cryptographic modules included in Puppet Enterprise version 2019.2 are compliant with FIPS 140-2 and fully operable on the FIPS-compliant platforms listed below.

PE component FIPS-compliant platforms
Master Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 in FIPS mode
Agents Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 in FIPS mode

Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer versions in FIPS mode

Windows 10 in FIPS mode

For general information about FIPS and more on the updates made to PE to ensure FIPS compliance, see PE and FIPS compliance.

Installing a FIPS-compliant PE master

To install a FIPS-compliant PE master, follow the text or express installation instructions to install your PE master on a node with the following characteristics:
  • Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 in FIPS mode
  • Configured with good sources of entropy (see the Red Hat blog post on Entropy in RHEL for more information)
    Important: The installation process will fail on a node that lacks sufficient available entropy.

Installing FIPS-compliant PE agents

To install FIPS-compliant PE agents, follow the agent installation instructions appropriate to your operating system and infrastructure. Your target agent node's operating system must be one of the following:
  • Windows 10 in FIPS mode
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer versions in FIPS mode
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 in FIPS mode

If you wish to classify a FIPS-compliant PE agent as a compiler, the agent must be configured with good sources of entropy (see the Red Hat blog post on Entropy in RHEL for more information).

Limitations and cautions for FIPS-compliant installations

Be aware of the following when installing FIPS-compliant PE.
  • Upgrading from non-FIPS-compliant versions of PE to FIPS-compliant PE version 2019.2 is not supported.
  • FIPS-compliant PE version 2019.2 includes PostgreSQL version 9.6.
  • High availability configurations are not supported for FIPS-compliant PE version 2019.2.
  • FIPS-compliant PE does not support Razor, and the pe-razor-server package is not included in the installation tarball for FIPS-compliant PE.
  • Due to a known issue with the pe-client-tools packages, puppet code and puppet db commands fail with SSL handshake errors when run on FIPS-enabled hardware. To use puppet db commands on a FIPS-enabled machine, install the puppetdb_cli Ruby gem. To use puppet code commands on a FIPS-enabled machine, use the Code Manager API.
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