How to solve SuSE SMT errors (Access to http URIs has been disabled)

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Published on March 6th 2012 - Listed in Linux


Over the last few days, I suddenly started to receive SMT registration errors by e-mail. SMT is a SuSE/Novell service to register SuSE Linux clients and to create local patch mirrors. 

After some investigation, the following logfile showed the exact same errors as sent by e-mail:

# tailf /var/log/smt/smt-register.log
2012-03-06 07:35:48 SMT::NCCRegTools - [info]  Register 1 new clients.
2012-03-06 07:35:49 SMT::NCCRegTools - [error]  Invalid response:500 Access to 'http' URIs has been disabled
2012-03-06 07:50:47 SMT::NCCRegTools - [info]  Register 1 new clients.
2012-03-06 07:50:48 SMT::NCCRegTools - [error]  Invalid response:500 Access to 'http' URIs has been disabled

As one can see, the errors repeat every 15min. So there must be a cronjob launching this thing.
The cronjob was found within the /etc/cron.d folder:

# cat /etc/cron.d/novell.com-smt
*/15 * * * * root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-repeated-register
0 1 * * * root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-daily
0 2 * * * root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-run-jobqueue-cleanup
0 5 * * 1 root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-gen-report

So it is the script /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-repeated-register which causes troubles... This script basically checks if a proxy connection should be used and then launches the following command:

/usr/sbin/smt-register -r -L /var/log/smt/smt-register.log --mail

Once executed manually, nothing happened, it seemed to be blocked somewhere. Fortunately there is a debug mode to see what's going on:

# smt-register --debug
Register 1 new clients.
Register 'xxx'
SEND TO: https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc?command=bulkop&lang=en-US&version=1.0
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<bulkop xmlns="http://www.novell.com/xml/center/regsvc-1_0" lang="en" client_version="1.2.3"><register force="batch"><guid>xxx</guid><host /><authuser>xxx</authuser><authpass>xxx</authpass><smtguid>xxx</smtguid><product version="11.1" release="DVD" arch="x86_64">SUSE_SLES</product><param id="ostarget">sle-11-x86_64</param><param id="ostarget-bak"><![CDATA["SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)"]]></param><param id="platform">x86_64</param><param id="processor">x86_64</param><param id="secret">xxx</param><param id="timezone">Europe/Zurich</param><param id="email">xxx@example.com</param></register></bulkop>
Result: 302 Moved Temporarily
Redirected to http://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/?command=bulkop&lang=en-US&version=1.0
SEND TO: http://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/?command=bulkop&lang=en-US&version=1.0
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<bulkop xmlns="http://www.novell.com/xml/center/regsvc-1_0" lang="en" client_version="1.2.3"><register force="batch"><guid>xxx</guid><host /><authuser>xxx</authuser><authpass>xxx</authpass><smtguid>xxx</smtguid><product version="11.1" release="DVD" arch="x86_64">SUSE_SLES</product><param id="ostarget">sle-11-x86_64</param><param id="ostarget-bak"><![CDATA["SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)"]]></param><param id="platform">x86_64</param><param id="processor">x86_64</param><param id="secret">xxx</param><param id="timezone">Europe/Zurich</param><param id="email">xxx@example.com</param></register></bulkop>
Result: 500 Access to 'http' URIs has been disabled
Invalid response:500 Access to 'http' URIs has been disabled

So the problem is that the accessed URL (https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc) is forwarding the request to a non-https URL (http://www.novell.com/xml/center/regsvc-1_0). This causes a problem because the smt-register (perl-)script requires the https protocol (take a look at line 82):

81: my $useragent = SMT::Utils::createUserAgent(keep_alive => 1);
82: $useragent->protocols_allowed( [ 'https' ] );
83: $useragent->default_headers->push_header('Content-Type' => 'text/xml');

I experimented by adding the protocol http into the protocols_allowed array but this only caused another error:

2012-03-06 09:05:47 SMT::NCCRegTools - [info]  Register 1 new clients.
2012-03-06 09:05:49 SMT::NCCRegTools - [error]  Invalid response:409 Conflict

So this isn't the solution.

Then I wondered how the smt-register script knew that it should send the requests to https://secure-www.novell.com - this was nowhere marked in /etc/smt.conf. A short grep later I found this satisfying information:

# grep "secure-www.novell.com" /etc/*
/etc/smt.conf.rpmnew:NURegUrl=https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/
/etc/suseRegister.conf:url = https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc
/etc/suseRegister.conf-2009-11-11:url = https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/

So in the file /etc/smt.conf.rpmnew there was a variable NURegUrl, but in the main config file /etc/smt.conf there was none. Strange... There may be several reasons for that. Maybe only since a couple of days this parameter-URL is required, or some other admin accidently removed the line from the config file... who knows.

Anyway, by adding the line into the [NU] section of /etc/smt.conf everything worked fine again:

# cat /etc/smt.conf
[NU]
NUUrl = https://nu.novell.com/
NUUser = xxx
NUPass = xxx
NURegUrl=https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/

# smt-register --debug
Register 1 new clients.
Register 'xxx'
SEND TO: https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/?command=bulkop&lang=en-US&version=1.0
...
Result: 200 OK
Registration success: 'xxx'.



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Sebastiaan.veld from The Netherlands wrote on May 8th, 2012:

Ran into the same problem and tried your solution and that dit not work for me.

In my case the resolution was that there was missing a forward slash at the end of the url path in /etc/suseRegister.conf

So the path in that file should be:
url=https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc/