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A SIMP puppet module for managing settings regarding users and user creation


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Version information

  • 1.0.0 (latest)
  • 0.9.1
  • 0.7.0
  • 0.6.0
  • 0.5.0
  • 0.4.2
  • 0.4.1
  • 0.2.2
  • 0.2.1
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.0
released Feb 8th 2024
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
  • Puppet >= 7.0.0 < 9.0.0
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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-useradd', '1.0.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

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

Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install simp-useradd --version 1.0.0

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.



simp/useradd — version 1.0.0 Feb 8th 2024

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Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with useradd
  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. Deprecations
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


useradd is a Puppet module that manages settings regarding users and user creation.

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 $client_nets, $enable_* and $use_* parameters in manifests/init.pp for details.


What useradd affects

This module can configure:

  • /etc/default/nss
  • /etc/default/useradd
  • /etc/group
  • /etc/group-
  • /etc/gshadow
  • /etc/gshadow-
  • /etc/libuser.conf
  • /etc/login.defs
  • /etc/passwd
  • /etc/passwd-
  • /etc/profile.d/
  • /etc/securetty
  • /etc/shadow
  • /etc/shadow-
  • /etc/shells
  • /etc/sysconfig/init

Beginning with useradd

To use this module with it's default settings, just instantiate it. The following example is in hiera:

  - useradd


Each file can be managed or unmanaged individually, using the following variables:

  • useradd::manage_etc_profile
  • useradd::manage_libuser_conf
  • useradd::manage_login_defs
  • useradd::manage_nss
  • useradd::manage_passwd_perms
  • useradd::manage_sysconfig_init
  • useradd::manage_useradd


Please refer to the


As of version 1.0.0, this module will no longer manage /etc/security/opasswd. Version 7.0.0 and above of the SIMP PAM Module will allow users to specify the file they wish to store historical passwords in.


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] (