Production Secret Management at Airbnb

Our philosophy and approach to production secret management

Kaiyi Li
Kaiyi Li
Sep 19, 2018 · 6 min read
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Keys are handed off during a check-in in Shanghai

Design Goals

Segmentation and Access-Control

Encrypted at Rest and Decrypted on Use

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Secrets are encrypted at rest as databag files

Application Support and Integration

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Secret access in production

Secret Rotation on a Continual Basis

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Managed secret rotation

Putting it All Together

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Making secrets available to production systems

Concluding Thoughts



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