29. Secret Managers


    Access Control

    Azure Key Vault

    AWS Secrets Manager

    Viewing the Cached Secrets

    Secret Revocation

    The Secret Managers feature allows jobs running in CloverDX Server to retrieve passwords, tokens and other secrets from a third-party secret management service. These services generally provide a secure storage for passwords and other types of secrets and allow setting up expiration dates and rotation policies.

    As of 5.14, Azure Key Vault and AWS Secrets Manager are supported.


    The usage of secrets is similar to graph parameters. You first configure the connection via Configuration > Secret Managers > New Secret Manager.

    secret manager configuration
    Figure 100. Secret Manager Configuration

    Then you use a placeholder in your job file. At runtime, the placeholder is replaced with the value of the secret.

    The placeholder has the following format:


    • <secretManagerName> is the Name of the secret manager assigned when configuring the connection, as shown in the picture above. It must be unique.

    • <secretName> is the name of the secret, as configured in the third-party service.



    Access Control

    Unlimited access to Secret Managers permission is required for adding, editing or removing secret managers.

    When creating a new secret manager, you need to assign it to the user groups that will be able to use it in jobs.

    Azure Key Vault

    Azure Key Vault is a secret management service available in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Two authentication schemes are supported for Azure Key Vault:

    • Implicit authentication – uses credentials from the system running CloverDX Server. It can use environment variables, managed identity when deployed to a host in Azure cloud, or saved credentials from the Azure CLI.

    • Client Secret authentication – uses Tenant ID, Client ID (also called Application ID) and Client Secret.

    Both these schemes also require a Vault URI in the form https://<your-unique-keyvault-name> The URI can be found in the Overview section of the selected Key Vault.

    azure key vault overview
    Figure 101. Azure Key Vault Overview

    AWS Secrets Manager

    AWS Secrets Manager is a secret management service available in the Amazon AWS cloud. The main difference from Azure Key Vault is that the secrets contain multiple values.

    Two authentication schemes are supported for AWS Secrets Manager:

    • Implicit authentication – uses credentials from the system running CloverDX Server. It can get the credentials from system properties, environment variables, saved credentials from AWS CLI, EC2 instance, etc.

    • Access Key authentication – uses Access Key ID and Secret Access Key.

    Both these schemes also require selecting an AWS Region.

    In AWS Secrets Manager, each secret contains one or more key/value pairs. For example, a secret that stores a DB connection usually contains the following keys:

    • username

    • password

    • engine

    • host

    • port

    • dbname

    Therefore, the placeholder for a secret in AWS Secrets Manager has the following format:


    Note that the <secretName> may also contain slashes. The <key> is always the last part of the "path" (the part after the last slash).



    Viewing the Cached Secrets

    As said, the secrets are loaded on demand, at the moment they are used. You can view the currently stored data on the Cached secrets tab. Intentionally no values are shown, only names.

    secret manager cached secrets
    Figure 102. List of secrets cached by particular manager, the second one being expired

    Secret Revocation

    For performance reasons, secrets retrieved from a secret manager are stored in a cache. If the secret has an expiration date set, it will be automatically refreshed when it expires.

    But if the value of a secret changes before its expiration date, for example when a password is compromised, it may be necessary to manually clear the cache, so that the new value is retrieved.

    You can Clear all cached secrets via the top context menu.

    secret manager clear cache
    Figure 103. Clearing of the cached secrets