Apache NiFi Security Reference
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User Authentication

NiFi supports user authentication via client certificates, via username/password, via Apache Knox, or via http://openid.net/connect.

Username/password authentication is performed by a 'Login Identity Provider'. The Login Identity Provider is a pluggable mechanism for authenticating users via their username/password. Which Login Identity Provider to use is configured in the nifi.properties file. Currently NiFi offers username/password with Login Identity Providers options for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos.

The nifi.login.identity.provider.configuration.file property specifies the configuration file for Login Identity Providers. By default, this property is set to ./conf/login-identity-providers.xml.

The nifi.security.user.login.identity.provider property indicates which of the configured Login Identity Provider should be used. By default, this property is not configured meaning that username/password must be explicitly enabled.

During OpenId Connect authentication, NiFi will redirect users to login with the Provider before returning to NiFi. NiFi will then call the Provider to obtain the user identity.

During Apache Knox authentication, NiFi will redirect users to login with Apache Knox before returning to NiFi. NiFi will verify the Apache Knox token during authentication.

NiFi can only be configured for username/password, OpenId Connect, or Apache Knox at a given time. It does not support running each of these concurrently. NiFi will require client certificates for authenticating users over HTTPS if none of these are configured.

A secured instance of NiFi cannot be accessed anonymously unless configured to use an Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Kerberos Login Identity Provider, which in turn must be configured to explicitly allow anonymous access. Anonymous access is not currently possible by the default FileAuthorizer (see Authorizer Configuration), but is a future effort (NIFI-2730).

NiFi does not perform user authentication over HTTP. Using HTTP, all users will be granted all roles.