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Version information

  • 0.4.0 (latest)
  • 0.3.1
  • 0.3.0
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.1
  • 0.1.0
released Jul 7th 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x
  • Puppet >= 6.22.1 < 8.0.0
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Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'simp-ima', '0.4.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add simp-ima
Learn more about using this module with an existing project

Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install simp-ima --version 0.4.0

Direct download is not typically how you would use a Puppet module to manage your infrastructure, but you may want to download the module in order to inspect the code.

Tags: simp, ima


simp/ima — version 0.4.0 Jul 7th 2021

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Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with ima
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  5. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  6. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module manages the Integrity Management Architecture (IMA), a tool that verifies the integrity of the system, based on filesystem and file hashes. The IMA class sets up IMA kernel boot flags if they are not enabled and when they are, mounts the securityfs. This module can manage the IMA policy, although modifying the policy incorrectly could cause your system to become read-only.

This is a SIMP module

This module is a component of the System Integrity Management Platform, a compliance-management framework built on Puppet

If you find any issues, they may be submitted to our bug tracker.

This module is optimally designed for use within a larger SIMP ecosystem, but it can be used independently:

  • When included within the SIMP ecosystem, security compliance settings will be managed from the Puppet server.
  • If used independently, all SIMP-managed security subsystems are disabled by default and must be explicitly opted into by administrators. Please review the $enable_* and $manage_* parameters in manifests/init.pp for details.


What ima affects


Inserting poorly-formed or incorrect policy into the IMA policy file could cause your system to become read-only. This can be temporarily remedied by rebooting and setting ima_appraise to fix in the kernel command line parameters. This is the current case with the way the module manages the policy and it is not recommended to use this section of the module at this time.

This module will:

  • Enable IMA on the host
  • (OPTIONAL) Manage the IMA policy (BROKEN - See Limitations)

Beginning with the IMA module

  - ima::appraise
  - ima::policy

To remove IMA, first disable components by adding this to hiera:

ima::policy::enable: false
ima::appraise::enable: false
ima::enable: false

This removes systems parameters managed IMA. The classes can then be removed.



Please refer to the inline documentation within each source file, or to the module's generated YARD documentation for reference material.


SIMP Puppet modules are generally intended for use on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and compatible distributions, such as CentOS. Please see the file metadata.json for the most up-to-date list of supported operating systems, Puppet versions, and module dependencies.

The default configuration of this module updates EFI boot parameters if they are present. If the system relies upon BIOS for boot, ensure there is not an EFI grub.cfg or grub2.cfg present or the BIOS grub config file will not be updated.

The current RedHat implementation of IMA does not seem to work after inserting our default policy (generated example in spec/files/default_ima_policy.conf). It causes the system to become read-only, even though it is only using supported configuration elements. The module will be updated soon with more sane defaults to allow for at least the minimal amount of a system to be measured.

To get started, include the ima::policy class and set these parameters. From there, they can be changed to true on one by one:

ima::policy::measure_root_read_files: false
ima::policy::measure_file_mmap: false
ima::policy::measure_bprm_check: false
ima::policy::measure_module_check: false
ima::policy::appraise_fowner: false


Please read our Contribution Guide

Acceptance tests

To run the system tests, you need Vagrant installed.

You can then run the following to execute the acceptance tests:

   bundle exec rake beaker:suites

Some environment variables may be useful:

  • BEAKER_debug: show the commands being run on the STU and their output.
  • BEAKER_destroy=no: prevent the machine destruction after the tests finish so you can inspect the state.
  • BEAKER_provision=no: prevent the machine from being recreated. This can save a lot of time while you're writing the tests.
  • BEAKER_use_fixtures_dir_for_modules=yes: cause all module dependencies to be loaded from the spec/fixtures/modules directory, based on the contents of .fixtures.yml. The contents of this directory are usually populated by bundle exec rake spec_prep. This can be used to run acceptance tests to run on isolated networks.