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From "Maulin Vasavada (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-16666) Make SSLContext creation pluggable/extensible
Date Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:30:00 GMT

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Maulin Vasavada commented on CASSANDRA-16666:
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I updated the CEP with a Final Recommendation on using Map in the constructor. Also realized
I should have added one more rejected alternative- to use JSSE Security Provider- for solving
the goal of the CEP, hence I added it with a link to [SPIFFE|https://spiffe.io/] framework.

> Make SSLContext creation pluggable/extensible
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-16666
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-16666
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Messaging/Internode
>            Reporter: Maulin Vasavada
>            Assignee: Maulin Vasavada
>            Priority: Normal
>             Fix For: 4.x
>
>
> Currently Cassandra creates the SSLContext via SSLFactory.java. SSLFactory is a final
class with static methods and not overridable. The SSLFactory loads the keys and certs from
the file based artifacts for the same. While this works for many, in the industry where security
is stricter and contextual, this approach falls short. Many big organizations need flexibility
to load the SSL artifacts from a custom resource (like custom Key Management Solution, HashiCorp
Vault, Amazon KMS etc). While JSSE SecurityProvider architecture allows us flexibility to
build our custom mechanisms to validate and process security artifacts, many times all we
need is to build upon Java's existing extensibility that Trust/Key Manager interfaces provide
to load keystores from various resources in the absence of any customized requirements on
the Keys/Certificate formats.
> My proposal here is to make the SSLContext creation pluggable/extensible and have the
current SSLFactory.java implement an extensible interface. 
> I contributed a similar change that is live now in Apache Kafka (2.6.0) - https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KAFKA-8890 
> I can spare some time writing the pluggable interface and run by the required reviewers.
>  
> Created [CEP-9: Make SSLContext creation pluggable|https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/CASSANDRA/CEP-9%3A+Make+SSLContext+creation+pluggable] 
>  
> cc: [~dcapwell] [~djoshi]



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