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A SIMP module for managing FIPS


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Version information

  • 0.5.0 (latest)
  • 0.4.5
  • 0.4.4
  • 0.4.2
  • 0.4.1
  • 0.3.0
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.4
  • 0.1.3
  • 0.1.2
  • 0.1.1
released Jul 9th 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x
  • Puppet >= 6.22.1 < 8.0.0
  • CentOS

Start using this module

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

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'simp-fips', '0.5.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add simp-fips
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install simp-fips --version 0.5.0

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.

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simp/fips — version 0.5.0 Jul 9th 2021

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This module enables Federal Information Processing Standard(FIPS) mode at the kernel level. FIPS Publication 140-2, is a computer security standard, developed by a U.S. Government and industry working group to validate the quality of cryptographic modules. FIPS publications (including 140-2) can be found at the following URL: Enabling FIPS mode installs an integrity checking package and modifies ciphers available for applications to use.

This module manages the kernel parameters and packages required for enabling FIPS mode in supported operating systems.

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.


What fips affects


FIPS mode disables md5 hashing at a library level. Enabling it may have unintended consequences.

  • Kernel parameters and Grub
  • Dracut and initrd
  • Packages:
    • nss
    • dracut-fips
    • fipscheck

Beginning with fips

Include the fips class.

  • By default, this will enable FIPS mode.
  • To ensure that FIPS mode is disabled, set simp_options::fips to false.
    • Do not set fips::enabled directly to false―it defaults to the value of simp_options::fips (as do the FIPS-related parameters of all other SIMP modules).


Setting simp_options::fips to either true or false is by far the best

method to consistently configure all SIMP modules with your intended FIPS mode.


See for details.


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


Please read our Contribution Guide.

Acceptance tests

This module includes Beaker acceptance tests using the SIMP Beaker Helpers.

By default the tests use Vagrant with VirtualBox as a back-end; Vagrant and VirtualBox must both be installed to run these tests without modification. To execute the tests run the following:

bundle install
bundle exec rake beaker:suites

Please refer to the SIMP Beaker Helpers documentation for more information.