License Build Status SIMP compatibility

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. 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/security/opasswd
  • /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 inline documentation within each source file, or to the module's generated YARD documentation for reference material.


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