Components that are required to authenticate against a database or another repository need to have user credentials specified in configuration files. Such sensitive information must be encrypted so that the actual value of the password will be known only during runtime, protecting Aspire from potential malicious attacks.
All password encryption / decryption is based on a main key. Use the following steps to create a new random main key:
Important security concern
If you skip this step, all of the encryption on Aspire will use the default main key, which comes with all Aspire Distributions. All of your encrypted passwords will be exposed (to be decrypted in any other Aspire Distribution). Using a main Key is extremely important to prevent this exposure.
If you want to secure Aspire access to the Administration UI using the ConfigFile method, the best and most secure way is by encrypting the passwords. Complete the following steps.
Run bin/encryptPassword. This script will create passwords of the "administrator" and "developer" users to be encrypted inside the settings.xml file when you use the optional "username" parameter.
Enable the ConfigFile authentication on the settings.xml file:
UI passwords must comply to policy rules as described in UI Password Policy.
You always need to encrypt your password to Aspire Maven repository. Also If you are creating a custom application which requires password encryption, you need to encrypt it. In both cases, use the "encryptPassword" script.
To use password encryption, complete the following steps.
By default, Aspire uses a secret pre-configured main key unless an administrator uses generateMasterKeyFile to create a new one.