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Key governance: Need to prevent client app from performing operations on shared keys

Key governance: Need to prevent client app from performing operations on shared keys: If a shared key is created at the domain level by an Admin using the DSM UI, there's nothing preventing a client app from using the REST API from creating/changing/rotating keys in that same domain.

Recall that customer is using shared keys for each data type (e.g. one for SSN/SIN, one for credit card #, one for government id) so that performing encryption or decryption using any of the access methods (Teradata UDFs, Hive UDFs, BDT, Java library API) will consistently encrypt/decrypt that data type regardless of where it's stored in Teradata and Hortonworks. It is therefore critical to prevent unauthorized activities against these key. This is a SHOWSTOPPER governance issue.

Desired enhancement is to provide the ability in the DSM to prevent a client app from using the REST API to create/change keys in that domain.

As a short term fix, there is a suggestion to add a flag in the DSM that indicates if the domain will be shared or not (and if so, whether to prevent the REST APIs from performing operations in that domain). Longer term the recommendation is to provide an ACL (role level control - ideally leveraging the LDAP) in the DSM that allows for more granular control of who is allowed to make changes via the REST API.

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  • Jan 26 2021
  • Functionality already exists

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