How To Obtain and Deploy Keys and Certificates for TLS/SSL
Cloudera recommends obtaining certificates from one of the trusted public certificate authorities (CA) such as Symantec or Comodo for TLS/SSL encryption for the cluster. This How To provides a brief overview of the tools used to create the various artifacts followed by the steps in the process. Plan ahead to allow time to receive signed certificates from whichever CA you use.
If your organization uses its own internal CA, follow your internal process for creating and submitting the CSRs.
Java Keytool and OpenSSL are key management tools that let you create the security
artifacts needed for TLS/SSL. See
How to Convert File Encodings (DER, JKS, PEM) for
TLS/SSL Certificates and Keys for more information beyond the two short overviews
keytool is a utility included with the
Oracle JDK for creating and managing cryptographic keys and
certificates. During configuring the Cloudera Manager Cluster for
TLS/SSL, you create the private key pairs, keystore, certificate
signing requests, and create a truststore for specific use by the
cluster using this software tool, as detailed in the steps throughout
Java Keytool Requirements for Cloudera Manager TLS/SSL Configuration
- Use the Oracle Java
keytoolrather than tools such as OpenJDK.
- Use the JDK downloaded from Oracle or the Cloudera-provided
Oracle JDK located in this default path on a Cloudera Manager
- Use the same version of the Java keytool for all steps. If the
host has multiple JDKs installed, set the
PATHvariable so that the Oracle JDK is invoked first, as in this example:
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.7.0_67-cloudera export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
- Use the same password for the
-storepassin any commands that invoke these two options. Cloudera Manager requires the same password for a key and its keystore.
OpenSSL is an open source cryptography and TLS/SSL toolkit that has been widely used since its inception ~ 1999. Just as with Java Keytool, OpenSSL lets you create private keys, certificate requests, and keystores, and it provides options for verifying certificates.
Cloudera Manager Agent hosts act as clients of a Cloudera Manager Server host during RPC
client and server communications. The Agent hosts, Hue, Impala and other Python-based
services require PEM-formatted keys and certificates (PKCS #8), which is why the steps
below include converting some of the JKS artifacts using this tool. See
How to Convert
File Encodings (DER, JKS, PEM) for TLS/SSL Certificates and Keys for more
Step 1: Create Directory for Security Artifacts
Distributing the certificates, keys, truststore—in short, all security artifacts used for TLS/SSL intra-cluster communications—is part of this and some subsequent processes. To keep things organized, Cloudera recommends that you create the directory and distribute and store artifacts when you receive them, even though they may not be immediately needed.
The following table shows an example directory structure for the security artifacts created in the steps in this and subsequent sections. Use different names if you like, but for ease of deployment, use the same directory names across all hosts in the cluster.
||FQDN of an example Cloudera Manager Server host.|
||Base path for security-related files.|
||Path for all security artifacts associated with TLS/SSL,
including keys, keystores
||Path to the default alternative Java truststore on a Cloudera Manager Server host system.|
- On the Cloudera Manager Server host, create the
sudo mkdir -p /opt/cloudera/security/pki
- This directory must be owned by
cloudera-scm:cloudera-scmand have its executable bit set correctly so that Cloudera Manager can access the keystore at runtime:
sudo chown -R cloudera-scm:cloudera-scm /opt/cloudera/security/jks umask 022 cd /opt/cloudera/security/jks
Directories and artifacts persist during system upgrades. For security purposes, for any host you remove from a cluster, remove any directories you create and more importantly, remove any security artifacts (keys, certificates, and so on) they may contain.
Step 2: Create the Java Truststore
sudo cp $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security/cacerts $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security/jssecacerts
If you do not have the
$JAVA_HOME variable set,
replace it with the path to the Oracle JDK. For example, the default
path to the Java JDK on a Cloudera Manager Server host is:
Step 3: Generate Server Key and CSR
- On the Cloudera Manager Server host, use the
keytoolutility to generate a keypair and a keystore named for the server. Replace the
Centries with the values for your organization name, location, and country code (US, in the example):
Use the same password for the key and its keystore (
$ sudo keytool -genkeypair -alias $(hostname -f)-server -keyalg RSA -keystore \ /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.jks -keysize 2048 -dname \ "CN=$(hostname -f),OU=Dept,O=Example.com,L=City,ST=State,C=US" \ -storepass password -keypass password
-storepass, respectively): Cloudera Manager does not support using different passwords for the key and keystore.
- Generate a certificate signing request (CSR) for the public key
(contained in the keystore as a result of the command above). In this
command below, enter the password that you set for the key and the
keystore in the command
$ sudo keytool -certreq -alias $(hostname -f)-server \ -keystore /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.jks \ -file /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.csr -storepass password \ -keypass password
Step 4: Submit the CSR to the CA
- Submit the CSR file to your certificate authority using the process and means required by the CA, for example, email or web submission. For the certificate format, specify PEM (base64 ASCII) (see Step 5 below for an example of PEM formatted certificate heading and closing structure).
- The public CA will request specific details from you, to verify that you own the domain name contained in the CSR, before they issue the certificate.
- When you receive the signed certificate from the CA, you can proceed with Step 5.
Step 5: Verify the Certificate
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- <The encoded certificate is represented by multiple lines of exactly 64 characters, except for the last line, which can contain 64 characters or fewer.> -----END CERTIFICATE-----
If your issued certificate is in binary (DER) format, convert it to PEM format before
How to Convert File Encodings (DER, JKS, PEM) for TLS/SSL Certificates
and Keys for details.
To modify the truststore (jssecacerts) to explicitly trust certificates or certificate
chain (as you might for certificates signed by an internal CA), follow the steps in
to Add Root and Intermediate CAs to Truststore for TLS/SSL.
Step 6: Import the Certificate into the Keystore
cp cert-file-recd /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.cert.pem
$ sudo keytool -importcert -alias $(hostname -f)-server \ -file /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.cert.pem \ -keystore /opt/cloudera/security/pki/$(hostname -f)-server.jks
... is not trusted. Install reply anyway? [no]: yes
Certificate reply was installed in keystore
If you do not see this response, double-check all your steps up to this point: are you working in the correct path? Do you have the proper certificate? and so on. See Getting Support for information about how to contact Cloudera Support and to find out about other sources of help if you cannot successfully import the certificates.