openssl_dhparam resource

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Use the openssl_dhparam resource to generate dhparam.pem files. If a valid dhparam.pem file is found at the specified location, no new file will be created. If a file is found at the specified location, but it is not a valid dhparam file, it will be overwritten.

New in Chef Client 14.0.

Syntax

The openssl_dhparam resource has the following syntax:

openssl_dhparam 'name' do
  generator       Integer # default value: 2
  group           String
  key_length      Integer # default value: 2048
  mode            Integer, String # default value: "0640"
  owner           String
  path            String # default value: 'name' unless specified
  action          Symbol # defaults to :create if not specified
end

where:

  • openssl_dhparam is the resource.
  • name is the name given to the resource block.
  • action identifies which steps the chef-client will take to bring the node into the desired state.
  • generator, group, key_length, mode, owner, and path are the properties available to this resource.

Actions

The openssl_dhparam resource has the following actions:

:create
Default. Create the dhparam.pem file.
:nothing
This resource block does not act unless notified by another resource to take action. Once notified, this resource block either runs immediately or is queued up to run at the end of the Chef Client run.

Properties

The openssl_dhparam resource has the following properties:

generator

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 2

The desired Diffie-Hellmann generator; available options are 2 and 5.

group

Ruby Type: String

The group ownership applied to all files created by the resource.

key_length

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 2048

The desired bit length of the generated key; available options are 1024, 2048, 4096, and 8192.

mode

Ruby Type: Integer, String | Default Value: 0640

The permission mode applied to all files created by the resource.

owner

Ruby Type: String

The owner applied to all files created by the resource.

path

Ruby Type: String | Default Value: The resource block's name

The path to write the file to if it’s different than the resource name.

Common Resource Functionality

Chef resources include common properties, notifications, and resource guards.

Common Properties

The following properties are common to every resource:

ignore_failure

Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: false

Continue running a recipe if a resource fails for any reason.

retries

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 0

The number of attempts to catch exceptions and retry the resource.

retry_delay

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 2

The retry delay (in seconds).

sensitive

Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: false

Ensure that sensitive resource data is not logged by the chef-client.

Notifications

notifies

Ruby Type: Symbol, ‘Chef::Resource[String]’

A resource may notify another resource to take action when its state changes. Specify a 'resource[name]', the :action that resource should take, and then the :timer for that action. A resource may notify more than one resource; use a notifies statement for each resource to be notified.

A timer specifies the point during the Chef Client run at which a notification is run. The following timers are available:

:before
Specifies that the action on a notified resource should be run before processing the resource block in which the notification is located.
:delayed
Default. Specifies that a notification should be queued up, and then executed at the end of the Chef Client run.
:immediate, :immediately
Specifies that a notification should be run immediately, per resource notified.

The syntax for notifies is:

notifies :action, 'resource[name]', :timer
subscribes
Ruby Type: Symbol, ‘Chef::Resource[String]’

A resource may listen to another resource, and then take action if the state of the resource being listened to changes. Specify a 'resource[name]', the :action to be taken, and then the :timer for that action.

Note that subscribes does not apply the specified action to the resource that it listens to - for example:

file '/etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt' do
  mode '0600'
  owner 'root'
end

service 'nginx' do
  subscribes :reload, 'file[/etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt]', :immediately
end

In this case the subscribes property reloads the nginx service whenever its certificate file, located under /etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt, is updated. subscribes does not make any changes to the certificate file itself, it merely listens for a change to the file, and executes the :reload action for its resource (in this example nginx) when a change is detected.

A timer specifies the point during the Chef Client run at which a notification is run. The following timers are available:

:before
Specifies that the action on a notified resource should be run before processing the resource block in which the notification is located.
:delayed
Default. Specifies that a notification should be queued up, and then executed at the end of the Chef Client run.
:immediate, :immediately
Specifies that a notification should be run immediately, per resource notified.

The syntax for subscribes is:

subscribes :action, 'resource[name]', :timer

Guards

A guard property can be used to evaluate the state of a node during the execution phase of the chef-client run. Based on the results of this evaluation, a guard property is then used to tell the chef-client if it should continue executing a resource. A guard property accepts either a string value or a Ruby block value:

  • A string is executed as a shell command. If the command returns 0, the guard is applied. If the command returns any other value, then the guard property is not applied. String guards in a powershell_script run Windows PowerShell commands and may return true in addition to 0.
  • A block is executed as Ruby code that must return either true or false. If the block returns true, the guard property is applied. If the block returns false, the guard property is not applied.

A guard property is useful for ensuring that a resource is idempotent by allowing that resource to test for the desired state as it is being executed, and then if the desired state is present, for the chef-client to do nothing.

The following properties can be used to define a guard that is evaluated during the execution phase of the chef-client run:

not_if
Prevent a resource from executing when the condition returns true.
only_if
Allow a resource to execute only if the condition returns true.

Examples

Create a dhparam file

openssl_dhparam '/etc/httpd/ssl/dhparam.pem'

Create a dhparam file with a specific key length

openssl_dhparam '/etc/httpd/ssl/dhparam.pem' do
  key_length 4096
end

Create a dhparam file with specific user/group ownership

openssl_dhparam '/etc/httpd/ssl/dhparam.pem' do
  owner 'www-data'
  group 'www-data'
end

Manually specify the dhparam file path

openssl_dhparam 'httpd_dhparam' do
  path '/etc/httpd/ssl/dhparam.pem'
end