community.crypto.openssl_privatekey_convert module – Convert OpenSSL private keys

Note

This module is part of the community.crypto collection (version 2.3.2).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.crypto.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.crypto.openssl_privatekey_convert.

New in version 2.1.0: of community.crypto

Synopsis

  • This module allows one to convert OpenSSL private keys.

  • The default mode for the private key file will be 0600 if mode is not explicitly set.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • cryptography >= 1.2.3 (older versions might work as well)

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

attributes

aliases: attr

string

added in 2.3 of ansible.builtin

The attributes the resulting filesystem object should have.

To get supported flags look at the man page for chattr on the target system.

This string should contain the attributes in the same order as the one displayed by lsattr.

The = operator is assumed as default, otherwise + or - operators need to be included in the string.

backup

boolean

Create a backup file including a timestamp so you can get the original private key back if you overwrote it with a new one by accident.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

dest_passphrase

string

The passphrase for the private key to store.

dest_path

path / required

Name of the file in which the generated TLS/SSL private key will be written. It will have 0600 mode if mode is not explicitly set.

format

string / required

Determines which format the destination private key should be written in.

Please note that not every key can be exported in any format, and that not every format supports encryption.

Choices:

  • pkcs1

  • pkcs8

  • raw

group

string

Name of the group that should own the filesystem object, as would be fed to chown.

mode

raw

The permissions the resulting filesystem object should have.

For those used to /usr/bin/chmod remember that modes are actually octal numbers. You must either add a leading zero so that Ansible’s YAML parser knows it is an octal number (like 0644 or 01777) or quote it (like '644' or '1777') so Ansible receives a string and can do its own conversion from string into number.

Giving Ansible a number without following one of these rules will end up with a decimal number which will have unexpected results.

As of Ansible 1.8, the mode may be specified as a symbolic mode (for example, u+rwx or u=rw,g=r,o=r).

If mode is not specified and the destination filesystem object does not exist, the default umask on the system will be used when setting the mode for the newly created filesystem object.

If mode is not specified and the destination filesystem object does exist, the mode of the existing filesystem object will be used.

Specifying mode is the best way to ensure filesystem objects are created with the correct permissions. See CVE-2020-1736 for further details.

owner

string

Name of the user that should own the filesystem object, as would be fed to chown.

selevel

string

The level part of the SELinux filesystem object context.

This is the MLS/MCS attribute, sometimes known as the range.

When set to _default, it will use the level portion of the policy if available.

serole

string

The role part of the SELinux filesystem object context.

When set to _default, it will use the role portion of the policy if available.

setype

string

The type part of the SELinux filesystem object context.

When set to _default, it will use the type portion of the policy if available.

seuser

string

The user part of the SELinux filesystem object context.

By default it uses the system policy, where applicable.

When set to _default, it will use the user portion of the policy if available.

src_content

string

The content of the file containing the OpenSSL private key to convert.

Exactly one of src_path or src_content must be specified.

src_passphrase

string

The passphrase for the private key to load.

src_path

path

Name of the file containing the OpenSSL private key to convert.

Exactly one of src_path or src_content must be specified.

unsafe_writes

boolean

added in 2.2 of ansible.builtin

Influence when to use atomic operation to prevent data corruption or inconsistent reads from the target filesystem object.

By default this module uses atomic operations to prevent data corruption or inconsistent reads from the target filesystem objects, but sometimes systems are configured or just broken in ways that prevent this. One example is docker mounted filesystem objects, which cannot be updated atomically from inside the container and can only be written in an unsafe manner.

This option allows Ansible to fall back to unsafe methods of updating filesystem objects when atomic operations fail (however, it doesn’t force Ansible to perform unsafe writes).

IMPORTANT! Unsafe writes are subject to race conditions and can lead to data corruption.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

See Also

See also

community.crypto.openssl_privatekey

The official documentation on the community.crypto.openssl_privatekey module.

community.crypto.openssl_privatekey_pipe

The official documentation on the community.crypto.openssl_privatekey_pipe module.

community.crypto.openssl_publickey

The official documentation on the community.crypto.openssl_publickey module.

Examples

- name: Convert private key to PKCS8 format with passphrase
  community.crypto.openssl_privatekey_convert:
    src_path: /etc/ssl/private/ansible.com.pem
    dest_path: /etc/ssl/private/ansible.com.key
    dest_passphrase: '{{ private_key_passphrase }}'
    format: pkcs8

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

backup_file

string

Name of backup file created.

Returned: changed and if backup is yes

Sample:/path/to/privatekey.pem.2019-03-09@11:22~”

Authors

  • Felix Fontein (@felixfontein)