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Description

Highly configurable library for HashiCorp's Vault - handles authentication for multiple backends, and reading, writing, listing, and deleting secrets for a variety of engines.

When possible, it tries to emulate the CLI, with read, write, list and delete and auth methods. An additional request method is provided when you need further flexibility with the API.

Monthly Downloads: 2,678
Programming language: Elixir
License: MIT License
Tags: Third Party APIs     Http Client     API     Client     Vault    
Latest version: v0.2.3

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Highly configurable library for HashiCorp's Vault - handles authentication for multiple backends, and reading, writing, listing, and deleting secrets for a variety of engines.

When possible, it tries to emulate the CLI, with read, write, list and delete and auth methods. An additional request method is provided when you need further flexibility with the API.

API Preview

{:ok, vault } =
  Vault.new([
    engine: Vault.Engine.KVV2,
    auth: Vault.Auth.UserPass
  ])
  |> Vault.auth(%{username: "username", password: "password"})

{:ok, db_pass} = Vault.read(vault, "secret/path/to/password")

{:ok, %{"version" => 1 }} = Vault.write(vault, "secret/path/to/creds", %{secret: "secrets!"})

Configuration / Adapters

Hashicorp's Vault is highly configurable. Rather than cover every possible option, this library strives to be flexible and adaptable. Auth backends, Secret Engines, and HTTP clients are all replaceable, and each behaviour asks for a minimal contract.

HTTP Adapters

The following HTTP Adapters are provided:

Be sure to add applications and dependencies to your mix file as needed.

JSON Adapters

Most JSON libraries provide the same methods, so no default adapter is needed. You can use Jason, JSX, Poison, or whatever encoder you want.

Defaults to Jason or Poison if present.

See Vault.JSON.Adapter for the full behaviour interface.

Auth Adapters

Adapters have been provided for the following auth backends:

In addition to the above, a generic backend is also provided (Vault.Auth.Generic). If support for auth provider is missing, you can still get up and running quickly, without writing a new adapter.

Secret Engine Adapters

Most of Vault's Secret Engines use a replacable API. The Vault.Engine.Generic adapter should handle most use cases for secret fetching.

Vault's KV version 2 broke away from the standard REST convention. So KV has been given its own adapter:

Additional request methods

The core library only handles the basics around secret fetching. If you need to access additional API endpoints, this library also provides a Vault.request method. This should allow you to tap into the complete vault REST API, while still benefiting from token control, JSON parsing, and other HTTP client nicities.

Installation and Usage

Installation

Ensure that any adapter dependencies have been included as part of your application's dependencies:

def deps do
  [
    {:libvault, "~> 0.2.0"},

    # tesla, required for Vault.HTTP.Tesla
    {:tesla, "~> 1.3.0"},

    # pick your HTTP client - Mint, iBrowse or hackney
    {:mint, "~> 0.4.0"},
    {:castore, "~> 0.1.0"},

    # Pick your json parser - Jason or Poison
    {:jason, ">= 1.0.0"}
  ]
end

Usage

vault =
  Vault.new([
    engine: Vault.Engine.KVV2,
    auth: Vault.Auth.UserPass,
    json: Jason,
    credentials: %{username: "username", password: "password"}
  ])
  |> Vault.auth()

{:ok, db_pass} = Vault.read(vault, "secret/path/to/password")
{:ok, %{"version" => 1 }} = Vault.write(vault, "secret/path/to/creds", %{secret: "secrets!"})

You can configure the vault client up front, or change configuration on the fly.

  vault =
    Vault.new()
    |> Vault.set_auth(Vault.Auth.Approle)
    |> Vault.set_engine(Vault.Engine.Generic)
    |> Vault.auth(%{role_id: "role_id", secret_id: "secret_id"})

  {:ok, db_pass} = Vault.read(vault, "secret/path/to/password")

  vault = Vault.set_engine(Vault.Engine.KVV2) // switch to versioned secrets

  {:ok, db_pass} = Vault.write(vault, "kv/path/to/password", %{ password: "db_pass" })

See the full Vault client for additional methods.

Testing Locally

When possible, tests run against a local vault instance. Otherwise, tests run against the Vault Spec, using bypass to test to confirm the success case, and follows vault patterns for failure.

  1. Install the Vault Go CLI https://www.vaultproject.io/downloads.html

  2. In the current directory, set up a local dev server with sh scripts/setup-local-vault

  3. Vault (at this time) can't be run in the background without a docker instance. For now, set up the local secret engine paths with sh scripts/setup-engines.sh

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