Configuring SSL/TLS Encryption for CDH Services


  • Cloudera recommends securing a cluster using Kerberos authentication before enabling encryption such as SSL on a cluster. If you enable SSL for a cluster that does not already have Kerberos authentication configured, a warning will be displayed.
  • The following sections assume that you have created all the certificates required for SSL communication. If not, for information on how to do this, see Creating Certificates.
  • The certificates and keys to be deployed in your cluster should be organized into the appropriate set of keystores and truststores. For more information, see Creating Java Keystores and Truststores.

Hadoop Services as SSL Servers and Clients

Hadoop services differ in their use of TLS/SSL as follows:
  • HDFS, MapReduce, and YARN daemons act as both TLS/SSL servers and clients.
  • HBase daemons act as TLS/SSL servers only.
  • Oozie daemons act as TLS/SSL servers only.
  • Hue acts as an TLS/SSL client to all of the above.
Daemons that act as TLS/SSL servers load the keystores when starting up. When a client connects to an TLS/SSL server daemon, the server transmits the certificate loaded at startup time to the client, which then uses its truststore to validate the server’s certificate.