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Protecting S3 Credentials with Credential Providers

The Hadoop credential provider framework allows secure credential providers to keep secrets outside Hadoop configuration files, storing them in encrypted files in local or Hadoop filesystems, and including them in requests.

The S3A configuration options with sensitive data (fs.s3a.secret.key, fs.s3a.access.key, and fs.s3a.session.token) can have their data saved to a binary file, with the values being read in when the S3A filesystem URL is used for data access. The reference to this credential provider is all that is passed as a direct configuration option.

To protect your credentials with credential providers:

In addition, if you are using per-bucket credentials, refer to Customizing Per-Bucket Secrets Held in Credential Files.