libapache2-mod-shib module doesn't work with 2.4.52

Bug #1974251 reported by mesiu84
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apache2 (Ubuntu)
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Bryce Harrington
In Progress
Bryce Harrington

Bug Description

ubuntu release: Jammy
apache version: 2.4.52-1ubuntu4
libapache2-mod-shib: 3.3.0+dfsg1-1

Apache 2.4.52 is unable to connect to shibboleth - shibd (version 3.3.0) process. Downgrade of shibboleth package (compiled from sources - 3.2.2) doesn't resolve the issue. Apache returns Error 302 each time when trying to open some webpage and in error log there is only this message:

Cannot connect to shibd process, a site adminstrator should be notified

Apache upgrade to 2.4.53 from PPA solves the problem.
Didn't found anything in apache changelog regarding that issue, but probably related to one of found bugs in 2.4.52

Tags: packaging

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Lena Voytek (lvoytek) wrote :

Thank you for providing this report and helping to make Ubuntu better. I was unable to reproduce this when trying to set up an apache webserver alongside shibd on Jammy. Would you be able to provide a list of the commands you used when setting up your system to help us debug the issue?


Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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mesiu84 (mesiu84) wrote :

Unfortunately you need to have a website with already running configuration for shibboleth. I'm working with very complex configuration that we have for our customers and wasn't able to make it working after upgrading Ubuntu from 18.04 (that part is running in docker), but since apache upgrade solves the issue I guess this bug here can stay for others who would be facing similar issues

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Lucas Kanashiro (lucaskanashiro) wrote :

Considering that version 2.4.53 is fixed, this should land in Kinetic soon. In order to fix this issue in Jammy, we need to follow the SRU process [1], and to do that we would need to have a test case with reproduction steps. Another thing that is needed here is to bisect the changes between 2.4.52 and 2.4.53 to find the specific fix for this issue, and backport it to the Jammy version.


Bryce Harrington (bryce)
tags: added: packaging
Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu Jammy):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu Kinetic):
status: Incomplete → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Bryce Harrington (bryce)
milestone: none → ubuntu-22.05
milestone: ubuntu-22.05 → none
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mesiu84 (mesiu84) wrote :

Found what is the issue, looks like libpam-systemd package was missing in the system, discovered that while installing other libraries, after installation communication between shibboleth and apache works as expected

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mesiu84 (mesiu84) wrote (last edit ):

After more digging I've found that it's not the libpem-systemd package itself, but one of commands that comes from systemd.

systemd-tmpfiles --create

That command is executed during package installation in postinst script and it sets permissions on a lot of system directories, according to some configuration file. One of those directories is this one:

root@apache:~# ls -ld /run/shibboleth/
drwxr-x--- 2 _shibd _shibd 4096 May 27 12:18 /run/shibboleth/

After running the systemd-tmpfiles --create permissions of that directory are changed to following:

root@apache:~# ls -ld /run/shibboleth/
drwxr-xr-x 2 _shibd _shibd 4096 May 27 12:18 /run/shibboleth/

so in the end running

chmod 755 on /run/shibboleth solves the issue

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