Use case 2: Enabling Auto-TLS with an intermediate CA signed by an existing Root CA

You can make the Cloudera Manager CA an intermediate CA to an existing Root CA.

For new installations only, you can make Cloudera Manager an intermediate CA that signs certificates for all the cluster hosts and services. This is a three-step process. First, make Cloudera Manager generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Second, have the CSR signed by the company’s Certificate Authority (CA). Third, provide the signed certificate chain to continue the Auto-TLS setup. The following example demonstrates these three steps.
  1. Initialize the certmanager with –stop-at-csr option before starting the Cloudera Manager: JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk; /opt/cloudera/cm-agent/bin/certmanager --location /var/lib/cloudera-scm-server/certmanager setup --configure-services --stop-at-csr.
  2. This generates a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file at /var/lib/cloudera-scm-server/certmanager/CMCA/private/ca_csr.pem. If you examine the CSR closely, you notice the CSR request the necessary extension X509v3 Key Usage: critical Certificate Sign to sign certificates on its own.
  3. Sign the ca_csr.pem file with your root CA certificate.
  4. After you have the signed certificate, make sure that the certificate has the required extensions – X509v3 Basic Constraints: CA: TRUE and X509v3 Key Usage: Key Cert Sign.
  5. Proceed with the installation with the following command:
    /opt/cloudera/cm-agent/bin/certmanager --location
    /var/lib/cloudera-scm-server/certmanager setup
     X509v3 Basic Constraints: critical
       CA:TRUE, pathlen:0
    X509v3 Key Usage: critical
       Digital Signature, Certificate Sign, CRL Sign
  6. Start Cloudera Manager on TLS port 7183. If the signed intermediate certificate is already imported into the client browser’s truststore, then you should not see any warnings. In the screenshot below, “Vkarthikeyan Internal Root CA” is the root certificate. This certificate is already trusted by the system and has signed the Cloudera intermediate CA.