Cycloid Credentials manager uses the opensource engine Vault technology to store secrets that you need.
Centrally stores, accesses, and distributes secrets like API keys, AWS IAM/STS credentials, SQL/NoSQL databases, X.509 certificates, SSH credentials, and more.
By default a
Vault credential exists, to be able to access your credentials.
This is both used by our API and potentially by your pipelines to securely
fetch your secrets without exposing them. Please do not remove it.
The two reasons to use it are:
- You want to use a Cycloid feature which require external access. Example: Pricing feature on AWS require AWS IAM access key.
- You want to securely provide sensitive information to a stack. Example: Database password or SSH key to access to a private git repository.
path is composed of a type and name.
path can be seen as the credential full name to use. Each path contain one or several
And each fields are composed of a
key and a
Path and field name are closely linked together. To give an example, I want to provide a database password to my application.
To satisfy that, I could define a Cycloid credential of type
db_password containing the field named
secret as value.
The generated path would be
The path is automatically generated based on your secret name and type, but if you desire to set a different one, please click on the grey lock next to it.
To use it into a Cycloid pipeline, you will refer to it using the format
<cred path>.<cred field name>.
So, you would write
((raw_db_password.password)) in your pipeline.
Another example for an application which requires a login and password, you could create as well
raw_app_creds containing fields
password to reflect to:
raw_app_creds.login = foo raw_app_creds.password = bar
Read Vault in the pipeline section to have more details about how to use Cycloid credentials into a pipeline.
We recommend you to also read Organize data in vault section to see the different ways to store credentials before starting to create your own.
Types of credentials
You can create credentials of 3 different types:
- Git (SSH keys)
These are used in various situations: fetching logs for the application, from cloudwatch, reading the billing status of your application, managing resources via terraform, etc.
The format is pretty simple, at it is composed of the access key and the secret key.
The Git credentials are in fact SSH private keys, as they are mostly used to access git repositories storing either: pipeline/ansible/terraform configuration or your own application code.
The key has to be a valid SSH private key otherwise you will receive an error.
Raw credential type are basically any number of key/values that you want. That allows to store most type of credentials in the way that you would like: whether http authentication, database password, ansible-vault password, etc.