Nagios plugin to check certificates on local file system
Published: 24-09-2012 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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This tutorial will show you how you can use the nagios plugin "check ssl cert" to monitor locally stored SSL certificates.
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Installing the nagios-plugin
The plugin needs the expect program to be installed on the hosts which will check their certificates.
Install it with the following command:
sudo apt-get install expect
Now install the plugin:
sudo wget -O /etc/nagios-plugins/check_ssl_cert --no-check-certificate https://trac.id.ethz.ch/projects/nagios_plugins/export/1315/check_ssl_cert/check_ssl_cert
Also, make it executable:
sudo chmod +x /etc/nagios-plugins/check_ssl_cert
Setting up the host
On the nagios client where the certificates are, you have to edit the NRPE config to do the checks locally
command[check_local_ssl]=/etc/nagios-plugins/check_ssl_cert -H localhost -f /home/so_ad/7days.pem -c 30 command[check_local_ssl]=/etc/nagios-plugins/check_ssl_cert -H localhost -f /home/so_ad/7days.pem -c 5
Setting up the nagios server
I have the hostgroup nodes defined, and in my nagios config file I add the following service:
Tags: certificates , monitoring , nagios , openssl , software