Smokeping_probes_passwordchecker - Man Page
A Base Class for implementing SmokePing Probes
Like Smokeping::probes::basefork, but supports a probe-specific configuration file for storing passwords and a method for accessing them.
*** Probes *** +passwordchecker forks = 5 offset = 50% passwordfile = /some/place/secret step = 300 timeout = 15 # The following variables can be overridden in each target section /^influx_.+/ = influx_location = In the basement pings = 5 # [...] *** Targets *** probe = passwordchecker # if this should be the default probe # [...] + mytarget # probe = passwordchecker # if the default probe is something else host = my.host /^influx_.+/ = influx_location = In the basement pings = 5
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SmokePing main configuration file:
*** Probes *** + MyPasswordChecker # location of the file containing usernames and passwords passwordfile = /usr/share/smokeping/etc/passwords
The specified password file:
# host:username:password host1:joe:hardlyasecret # comments and whitespace lines are allowed host2:sue:notasecreteither
In implementing authentication probes, it might not be desirable to store the necessary cleartext passwords in the SmokePing main configuration file, since the latter must be readable both by the SmokePing daemon performing the probes and the CGI that displays the results. If the passwords are stored in a different file, this file can be made readable by only the user the daemon runs as. This way we can be sure that nobody can trick the CGI into displaying the passwords on the Web.
This module reads the passwords in at startup from the file specified in the probe-specific variable `passwordfile'. The passwords can later be accessed and modified by the password method, that needs the corresponding host and username as arguments.
Password file format
The password file format is simply one line for each triplet of host, username and password, separated from each other by colons (:).
Comment lines, starting with the `#' sign, are ignored, as well as empty lines.
Supported probe-specific variables:
Run this many concurrent processes at maximum
Example value: 5
Default value: 5
If you run many probes concurrently you may want to prevent them from hitting your network all at the same time. Using the probe-specific offset parameter you can change the point in time when each probe will be run. Offset is specified in % of total interval, or alternatively as 'random', and the offset from the 'General' section is used if nothing is specified here. Note that this does NOT influence the rrds itself, it is just a matter of when data acquisition is initiated. (This variable is only applicable if the variable 'concurrentprobes' is set in the 'General' section.)
Example value: 50%
Location of the file containing usernames and passwords.
Example value: /some/place/secret
Duration of the base interval that this probe should use, if different from the one specified in the 'Database' section. Note that the step in the RRD files is fixed when they are originally generated, and if you change the step parameter afterwards, you'll have to delete the old RRD files or somehow convert them. (This variable is only applicable if the variable 'concurrentprobes' is set in the 'General' section.)
Example value: 300
How long a single 'ping' takes at maximum
Example value: 15
Default value: 5
Supported target-specific variables:
This is a tag that will be sent to influxdb and has no impact on the probe measurement. The tag name will be sent without the "influx_" prefix, which will be replaced with "tag_" instead. Tags can be used for filtering.
Example value: influx_location = In the basement
How many pings should be sent to each target, if different from the global value specified in the Database section. Note that the number of pings in the RRD files is fixed when they are originally generated, and if you change this parameter afterwards, you'll have to delete the old RRD files or somehow convert them.
Example value: 5
Niko Tyni <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The need for storing cleartext passwords can be considered a bug in itself.
Smokeping::probes::basefork, Smokeping::probes::Radius, Smokeping::probes::LDAP