#security #crypto


Prompt SecretKeeper, an envelope encryption add-on for https://crates.io/crates/secret-keeper

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0.3.4 Jul 8, 2020
0.3.0 Jun 30, 2020

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Used in encrypt-rs

Apache-2.0 OR MIT



Envelope encryption with strong cryptography and key management. A SecretKeeper encrypts a data encryption key (DEK) with a key-encryption-key (KEK), returning a WrappedKey. This crate (and sub-crates) implement several SecretKeepers, plus three content encryption ciphers:

  • XCha20Cha20-Poly1305 with AEAD
  • AES-GCM (256-bit)
  • and a compressing cipher that combines LZ4 with XChaCha20-Poly1305

The APIs in this crate are intended to provide good security practices while minimizing opportunities for unintentional developer errors that could reduce the security. One such principle is that encryption keys are always stored encrypted at rest.

Some SecretKeeper implementations have already been developed. If you create a new one, please send me a link and I'll link to it from here.

  • Env generates a key from a passphrase stored in an environment variable, using PBKDF2+HMAC+SHA256+SALT. EnvKeeper

  • Prompt prompts the user at a terminal for a passphrase. The KEK is generated from the passphrase using PBKDF2+HMAC+SHA256+SALT. Requires the secret-keeper-prompt crate. PromptKeeper

  • Hashivault Using Vault's Transit engine, the HashivaultKeeper can create keys (key-encryption-keys) with a variety of encryption algorithms, including aes-gcm-256, ed25519, and several others). A DEK is encrypted or decrypted by the Vault, using the KEK managed-by and stored-on the Vault. Hashivault

  • CloudKMS The CloudKmsKeeper uses keys in Google CloudKMS service. CloudKms

  • 1Password (linux/mac only). 1Password is included in the example directory to show how external programs can be used with EnvKeeper and a shell script; no additional rust code is required. Uses the free 1password op cli tool,

Implementation notes

Crypto algorithms used are implemented by other packages, notably RustCrypto, a pure-rust implemenation.

LZ4 compression is a pure rust implementation by lz_fear.

There is one use of 'unsafe' for allocating an uninitialized buffer before filling it with a file read. If the fileio feature is disabled (compile with --no-default-features --features=slim), unsafe code is not used directly by the secret-keeper crate.

The concept for this library is based on the google cloud secret-keeper library


This is a new crate and it should be considered alpha quality.

Additional SecretKeeper implementations are planned. If you create any, please let me know and I'll link to it from here.

The core secret-keeper library compiles into wasm without error, but I haven't tested it in a browser yet.

Building and Testing

This crate contains sub-crates for the core library, optional secret keeper implementations, and a command-line encrypt program (examples/encrypt-rs). You can build everything with cargo build.

The examples/encrypt-rs folder contains some shell scripts for testing the encrypt cli program with various secret keepers. The binary can be installed independently with cargo install encrypt-rs.

Testing hashivault

To run hashivault tests, you will need an installed instance of hashiorp vault.

To set up and iniitalize a vault instance in a docker container, for development and testing, run these three commands:

source examples/hashivault/secret.env

The last command sets the VAULT_TOKEN environment variable, which is required to run hashivault keeper tests and other vault cli commands. The file examples/hashivault/README.md contains additional information about these scripts.

Testing cloudkms

See keepers/cloudkms/README.md for instructions on testing the cloudkms keeper.


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