Freeradius 3.0.15 failing to read server.pem file

Chris Bradley bradleyc at
Fri May 17 16:15:45 CEST 2019

Hi Matthew! Thanks for the assist. :)

I am also a linux newb. In lieu of figuring out how to change it so freerad has access to those files (should, used to work), I changed the radiusd.conf to our root username and then tried to run freeradius -X and got the same results. :(
>>> Matthew Newton <mcn at> 5/17/2019 10:00 AM >>>
On Fri, 2019-05-17 at 09:52 -0400, Chris Bradley wrote:
> We're suddenly having issues where Freeradius will not start. doing
> freeradius -X shows the list below the line.
> Any ideas to help us get it working again?

>  security {
> 	    user = "freerad"
> 	    group = "freerad"
> 	    allow_core_dumps = no
>  }


> tls: Failed reading private key file
> "/etc/freeradius/certs/server.pem"

Does the "freerad" user have permission to read that file? I'm guessing


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