Ansible Vault isn’t, if I’m honest, a solution that I’ve ever found much use for in my day to day work. I prefer to use a centralised Secrets Management solution wherever it’s practical (particularly favouring Hashicorp Vault). These systems however are time consuming to properly deploy have a steep learning curve, depending on the scale of your deployments and integration requirements Ansible Vault might serve you just fine and I . . .
Recently I’ve been presented with the same question from a couple of readers so I’m going to run through it quickly. A while back I looked at integrating Azure KeyVault with Ansible Tower (a horribly documented scenario in my experience), but I didn’t really cover how to call multiple KeyVault Secrets and assign them to a single Ansible Tower Credential for use in a Playbook. Please take a look at . . .
In previous posts we’ve looked at how to look up Secrets from Hashicorp Vault using Ansible and Ansible Tower. We’ve also taken a look at how to integrate Azure Key Vault with Ansible Tower, however I’ve never gotten round to taking a look at how to integrate Ansible itself with Azure Key Vault (without the use of Tower). Whilst I’ve largley moved away from using Azure Key Vault in favour . . .
Previously I’ve looked at how to lookup secrets from Hashicorp Vault using Ansible Tower however whilst that functionality is incredibly valuable it doesn’t really tackle the issue of how to write Playbooks which can interact with Vault. In this post we’ll look at how we can use some excellent lookup functionality provided as part of the ansible which provides this functionality. Some Assumptions For this article, I’m going to be . . .
Recently I was presented with a very common problem, offer up a service which uses an unprivileged port, present that service through a reverse proxy and keep the entire service secure by completing TLS termination on the proxy. This is a pretty old problem and in my case the service is Hashicorp Vault, but what’s odd is that for such a popular platform I couldn’t find any guides or configuration . . .
Vault offers an array of flexible storage backends with a view to providing a highly available storage location to store secrets, this is a great baked-in design choice as if you make Vault an integral part of your infrastructure you can ill afford a sudden outage, a perfect platform for storing structured data is, of course, a RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), as many of the mainstays are scalable and . . .
In a previous post we’ve looked at how to build Azure infrastructure with Terraform, handle sensitive secrets by storing them within Vault and centrally manage states within Azure Object Storage (confusingly called Containers). In this post we’ll take a look at the same solution but leverage the same technology within AWS, making use of AWS S3 object storage platform and using Terraform to provision further AWS resources. Sample code for . . .
When working at scale with secret creation we can employ Vault’s Dynamic Secrets functions, however another less used and sometimes more flexible option is to leverage Terraform to create secrets at run time, allowing the injection of your secrets from pseudorandom secret generation in to Vault and then using these newly minted secrets further on in the creation process when creating resources in your cloud platform. Example code for this . . .
Even in 2020 (current year argument), it’s woeful how prevalent Brute Force Attacks are, what’s more worrying is how successful they are, whilst it might seem that the logical thing to do is just to harden password policies that’s not really the way the tide is turning and I’d remind anyone to remember Kerckhoffs’s principle of The Enemy Knows The System. What Is fail2ban? I’ve briefly discussed the use of . . .
In a complex Linux environment where multiple administrators have a requirement to manage countless machines (or even a small amount of machines), there is inevitably a requirement to manage SSH Private Keys, as well as the large administrative overhead that comes with cycling them when they expire, or new admins join or move teams. Vault offers us a method to remove the churn of key cycling. A fantastic feature of . . .