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Short tip: FreeIPA – CA did not start in 300.0s

During a recent installation of Red Hat Identity Management or FreeIPA I stumbled upon the following error message:

DEBUG The ipa-server-install command failed, exception: RuntimeError: CA did not start in 300.0s
ERROR CA did not start in 300.0s
ERROR The ipa-server-install command failed. See /var/log/ipaserver-install.log for more information

CentOS was installed in version 7.6 (so slighty outdated) and FreeIPA was used in version 4.6.5-11:

$ rpm -qa ipa-server nss   
$ cat /etc/redhat-release 
CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core)

During analysis the used NSS libraries (Name Service Switch) looked conspicuous to me. I found some bug reports in the internet but unfortunately they were not public.

# yum check-update|grep nss-
nss-pem.x86_64                          1.0.3-7.el7                      base   
nss-softokn.x86_64                      3.44.0-8.el7_7                   updates
nss-softokn-freebl.x86_64               3.44.0-8.el7_7                   updates
nss-sysinit.x86_64                      3.44.0-7.el7_7                   updates
nss-tools.x86_64                        3.44.0-7.el7_7                   updates
nss-util.x86_64                         3.44.0-4.el7_7                   updates

To fix the issue I had to update the NSS libraries. The ones used in version 7.6 are buggy.

# yum update nss* -y

Afterwards, the installation succeeded without any issues.

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