[GeoNode-devel] Geoserver retains old admin passwords

j.doig at unsw.edu.au j.doig at unsw.edu.au
Thu Nov 17 19:53:43 PST 2016

Hi all

Thanks for your reply Alessio.

After some sleuthing I’ve found that within a Geonode installation Geoserver allows 3 different passwords for admin login:

1.      Geonode admin password

·        Set by python manage.py createsuperuser, changed via Geonode GUI

·        Stored encrypted in the geonode:people_profile table in postgres

2.      Geoserver admin password

·        Changed via Geoserver admin GUI

·        Stored encrypted in /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/geoserver/data/security/usergroup/default/users.xml

3.      Geonode OGC Server default admin password (‘geoserver’)

·        Stored as OGC_SERVER['default’][‘PASSWORD’] as plain text in /home/geonode/geonode/geonode/local_settings.py

·        Changed by editing this file and restarting Apache

This is confusing and potentially risky, as you can change a compromised password in one place (Geonode or Geoserver) not realising it still works because it’s also stored in the other place.

I’ve raised this as issue #2715<https://github.com/GeoNode/geonode/issues/2715>.

For one thing, the installation package, and manual install doco<http://docs.geonode.org/en/master/tutorials/install_and_admin/geonode_install/index.html>, should include a step to change the default password in local_settings.py. I've included that step<https://github.com/UNSW-CFRC/geonode_install/blob/master/install_geonode/9.1_add_apache_geonode_config.yml#L27> in my own Ansible playbook for Ubuntu 16.04.


From: alessio.fabiani at gmail.com [mailto:alessio.fabiani at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Alessio Fabiani
Sent: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 8:12 PM
To: Jonathan Doig
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Subject: Re: [GeoNode-devel] Geoserver retains old admin passwords

Hello Jonathan,
GeoServer makes use of two different Authentication types: Basic Auth (used by the backend for the import operations and changes to the catalog), GeoNode-Cookies Auth (used to provide access to the GeoServer resources to the GeoNode users).

In order to change the GeoServer Basic Auth admin password, you must login into the GeoServer page using an admin user, go to Security > User, Roles, ... and manually update the admin user password.

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On Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Jonathan Doig <j.doig at unsw.edu.au<mailto:j.doig at unsw.edu.au>> wrote:
Hi all

My Geoserver, inside Geonode 2.4 on Ubuntu 16.04, won’t let go of old admin passwords.

I used manage.py createsuperuser to set the Geonode admin password when I did my manual install. Pretty sure that password then worked for logging into Geoserver as admin also.

I’ve since changed the Geoserver admin password through the UI, twice, and also done so by calling manage.py changepassword directly and from ansible.

In total I’ve used 2 new passwords. Both passwords, and the original one ‘geoserver’, now work when logging in as admin. Other random passwords do not.

It’s not entirely clear but this may be the behaviour reported back in September in this post:


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