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Posted 11-27-2008 at 06:44 AM by kashifazizawan

Freeradius 2.05.1 Howto with mysql
(date: 28-7-2008 by Osman)

This tutorial explains how you can set up a FreeRadius server with Wifi authentication and accounting in conjunction with mysql & web management with daloradius on Ubuntu 8.04. This howto should work for a newbie. Production deployment is also possible with minor tweaking. But as usual I do not guarantee anything & take no responsibilities if something goes wrong.
(For basic how-to refer to my doc

Following steps are involved:

1- Building Ubuntu 8.04.x binary rpms
2- Installing the binary packages
3- Configuring the FR with mysql
4- Setting up web management with Daloradius

Step 1- Building Ubuntu 8.04. packages
before building freeradius Ubuntu 8.04 package we have to apt-get some packages, necessary for build process.
apt-get install debhelper libltdl3-dev libpam0g-dev libmysqlclient15-dev libmysqlclient-dev libgdbm-dev libldap2-dev libsasl2-dev libiodbc2-dev libkrb5-dev snmp autotools-dev dpatch libperl-dev libtool dpkg-dev libpq-dev libsnmp-dev libssl-dev

Get hold of source of Freeradius and start building package like given below.

cd ~
apt-get source freeradius

Note: It is recommended that u carry this building process on a non-production server. & move over the final binary rpms over to the produtions server. But it isn't mandatory if u know what ur doing.

cd freeradius-1.1.7/
edit rule file ( debian/rule )
vi debian/rule
now search for these lines
--without-rlm_eap_tls \
--without-rlm_eap_ttls \
--without-rlm_eap_peap \
and change them to look like this.
--with-rlm_eap_tls \
--with-rlm_eap_ttls \
--with-rlm_eap_peap \
now search for these lines and delete them.
for pkg in $(shell grep ^Package debian/control | awk '{print $$2}') ; d
o \
if dh_shlibdeps -p $$pkg -- -O | grep -q libssl; then \
echo "$$pkg links to openssl" ;\
exit 1 ;\
fi ;\
Save changes and quit vi. Now edit the control file (debian/control)
vi debian/control
search for the line
Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 5), libltdl3-dev, libpam0g-dev, libmysqlclient15-dev | libmysqlclient-dev, libgdbm-dev, libldap2-dev, libsasl2-dev, libiodbc2-dev, libkrb5-dev, snmp, autotools-dev, dpatch (>= 2), libperl-dev, libtool, dpkg-dev (>= 1.13.19), libpq-dev, libsnmp-dev

and append libssl-dev to the end of this line so that it look like this.

Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 5), libltdl3-dev, libpam0g-dev, libmysqlclient15-dev | libmysqlclient-dev, libgdbm-dev, libldap2-dev, libsasl2-dev, libiodbc2-dev, libkrb5-dev, snmp, autotools-dev, dpatch (>= 2), libperl-dev, libtool, dpkg-dev (>= 1.13.19), libpq-dev, libsnmp-dev, libssl-dev

Save changes and quit vi.
Note: You still might require some package for these. apt-get/aptitiude them. & rerun the rebuild process.

Assuming you are here ~/freeradius-1.1.7. Start Building packages.

dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
After a while (depending on ur system) u should have .deb built in home directory.


Move these to a production server if this is ur development workstation.

Step 2- Installing the binary packages

dpkg -i reeradius_1.1.7-1build4_i386.deb
dpkg -i freeradius-mysql_1.1.7-1build4_i386.deb

After running with the out of the box configuration validate against a local user

E.g: run radius is debug mode

radiusd -X

From another shell run this while the radius -X is running

radtest abc 123 localhost 1812 testing123

Make sure the user abc with password 123 is set in the /etc/freeradius/users file)

Setp 3- Configuring the FR with mysql

Get hold of daloradius from

tar -zxvf daloradius.tar.gz
cp daloradius/ /var/www -R

First the mysql bits (Creating the db & its admin user). Do the following
from ur shell.

mysqladmin -u root password 123456
mysql -u root -p

Import the the freeradius's schema

mysql -u root -p radius < /var/www/daloradius/contrib/db/mysql-daloradius-and-freeradius.sql
mysql -u root -p # Provide passoward and you will arrive at sql environment
use database radius; #This will select database radius.
show tables; #This will show all tables from database radius.

Now edit ur /etc/freeradius/sql.conf

Reset the user/password/database parameters to reflect the the changes (eg. root/radpass/radius)
and search for the line
readclients = no
and change it to
readclients = yes

Edit the file /etc/freeradius/radius.conf

& add a line saying 'sql' to the authorize{} section (which is towards the end of the file). Also add a line saying 'sql' to the accounting{} section to tell FreeRADIUS to store accounting records in SQL as well. Optionally add 'sql' to the session{} section if you want to do Simultaneous-Use detection. Optionally add 'sql' to the post-auth{} section if you want to log all Authentication attempts to SQL.

Here is the authorize section:

authorise {
And the accounting section:

accounting {

Insert a test user in the database. go to mysql shell & run this.

mysql -u root -p
mysql>use database radius;
mysql> INSERT INTO radcheck (UserName, Attribute, Value) VALUES ('sqltest', 'Password', 'testpwd');
mysql>select * from radcheck where UserName='sqltest'; # This will show information about sqltest
mysql> exit

Fire up the radius in debug mode

radiusd -X

Go to another shell run the test

radtest sqltest testpwd localhost 1812 testing123

Congratulations freeradius + mysql setup is working.

4- Setting up web management with Daloradius

For fancy web based GUI managment & more read on.

############# For daloRADIUS version 0.9-7 stable release ##############
# by Liran Tal of Enginx <>

Prerequisites are


Apache 1/2, PHP 4/5, PHP GD , PHP DB Abstraction Layer (may require PHP Pear), MySQL 4/5

apt-get install apache2
apt-get install php php-mysql php-pear php-gd php-pear-DB

Change permission and ownership.

chown apache:apache /var/www/daloradius -R
chmod 644 /var/www/daloradius/library/daloradius.conf

Daloradius needs to add few more tables to the radius database we already created earlier
(Note: The schemas in the daloradius/contrib/db folder won't work out of the box u need to modify them to get them working)

Now, simply adjust the MySQL database information in daloRADIUS's config file.

cd /var/www/daloradius/library/
vi daloradius.conf

Fill in the database details, few important parameters are listed below

CONFIG_DB_PASS = radpass

Save the file and exit.

Setup the apache server

Edit the /etc/apache2/apache2.conf file & append this to the end of the file. (customize to ur likings)

Alias /daloradius "/var/www/daloradius/"
<Directory /var/www/daloradius/>
Options None
order deny,allow
deny from all
allow from

Save & exit

Restart the httpd server

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Fire up the firefox (or neother borowser) & go to the url http://localhost/daloradius

(If this is a production server without GUI, set the "allow from <ip >" in the httpd.conf & url to it)

Login to the management:

username: administrator
password: radius

Change this information first for the sake of security. (Info is located in the operator table)

Congratulations you are done.


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