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ssl-key-vault (10) Versions 0.2.0

SSL key & certificate storage in chef-vault

cookbook 'ssl-key-vault', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'ssl-key-vault', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install ssl-key-vault
knife supermarket download ssl-key-vault
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ssl-key-vault cookbook

This cookbook manages OpenSSL key pairs, using chef-vault to share and store private keys.

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  1. Generate a self-signed key or a secret key and certificate.
  2. Store the private key in chef-vault. The name should be set to

    $ ruby -rjson -e 'puts JSON[Hash[Hash[*ARGV].map { |k,v| [k,] }]]' -- \ chain.pem \ crt \ csr \ key \ pem \ >

    $ knife encrypt create certs --mode client \ --search 'QUERY' --admins '' \ --name ssl-key-example_com \ --json /path/to/

Either add Chef server's admin API users to the --admins, or make the key otherwise accessible to yourself in future (e.g. with knife-briefcase).

  1. Add the certificate to node's ssl_certificates attribute (key is key's name, and value is full certificate):
default_attributes :ssl_certificates => {
  '' => true
  1. Add recipe[ssl-key-vault] to node's run list.

The key will be stored in /etc/ssl/private/, and certificate in /etc/ssl/certs/

TODOs & questions

I don't have much of idea currently how to add tests, with chef-vault, encrypted data bags, and such.


Author:: Maciej Pasternacki

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