Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Basics of Credential Store in WildFly (11.0.0.Beta1 Nightly)


Credential store came to life as follower of PicketBox Security Vault with some extended capabilities and better integration to the new WildFly security framework (WildFly Elytron).
More about Elytron could be found here.
The best way to test credential store functionality is to grab latest nightly build of WildFly 11 and take for a ride.

How to create credential store

One can manipulate credential store using CLI provided by WildFly or use Elytron Tool (part of WildFly) to manipulate credential store "offline" and then use it in your WildFly instance.

Create credential store in CLI

Start WildFly standalone server using ./bin/standalone.sh. Open command line interface using
./bin/jboss-cli.sh --connect
There should already be installed Elytron Subsystem which can be easily check using CLI command
ls /subsystem=elytron
Creating credential store is as easy as running this CLI command:
 /subsystem=elytron/credential-store=test:add(location=test.storage, relative-to=jboss.server.data.dir, credential-reference={clear-text="secret2"}, create=true)  
This command adds credential store named "test" with storage file named test.storage in data directory of your WildFly instance (ls ./standalone/data/). Default implementation of credential store will not create storage file until you add the first credential to the store.
Credentials are stored under alias which they can be later referred to in your configuration.
This command adds alias "my_db_password" with value "supersecret" as the password itself.

The storage file "test.storage" is created right now.

Credential store manipulation

Note: manipulation style has changed, see more here.

There are several manipulation commands in CLI one can use to create credential store content.
Add new alias:
/subsystem=elytron/credential-store=test/alias=dept1db:add(secret-value="dbDept1Password", entry-type=org.wildfly.security.credential.PasswordCredential)
Remove from credential store alias:
Show all aliases:
ls /subsystem=elytron/credential-store=test/alias=

Reference your credential alias

To use your credential alias from credential store we introduced credential-reference attribute. One can find credential references all over the model. We can demonstrate its usage at credential store itself. Let's create new credential store with guarded with password "supersecret" as created above.
/subsystem=elytron/credential-store=another-test:add(relative-to=jboss.server.data.dir, credential-reference={store=test, alias=my_db_password}, create=true)
Notice credential-reference attribute using store and alias to point to different credential store (test) to fetch real password value.
Let's test if it functions properly and store some alias in the new store.
We have two credential stores at the moment (test and another-test):
ls /subsystem=elytron/credential-store=
Credential reference supports also other types of references which I will cover in one of next posts.

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