Security checklist

Use the following security measures to protect your YugabyteDB installation.

Enable authentication

Authentication requires that all clients provide valid credentials before they can connect to a YugabyteDB cluster. YugabyteDB stores authentication credentials internally in the YB-Master system tables. The authentication mechanisms available to clients depend on what is supported and exposed by the YSQL and YCQL APIs.

For more information, see Authentication in YugabyteDB.

Configure role-based access control

Roles can be modified to grant users or applications only the essential privileges based on the operations they need to perform against the database. Typically, an administrator role is created first. The administrator then creates additional roles for users.

For more information, see Role-based access control in YugabyteDB.

Run as a dedicated user

Run the YB-Master and YB-TServer services with a dedicated operating system user account. Ensure that this dedicated user account has permissions to access the data drives, but no unnecessary permissions.

Limit network exposure

Restrict machine and port access

Ensure that YugabyteDB runs in a trusted network environment, such that:

  • Servers running YugabyteDB services are directly accessible only by the servers running the application and database administrators.

  • Only servers running applications can connect to YugabyteDB services on the RPC ports. Access to the YugabyteDB ports should be denied to everybody else.

RPC bind interfaces

Limit the interfaces on which YugabyteDB instances listen for incoming connections. Specify just the required interfaces when starting yb-master and yb-tserver by using the --rpc_bind_addresses option. Do not bind to the loopback address. Refer to the Admin Reference for more information on using these options.

Tips for public clouds

  • Do not assign a public IP address to the nodes running YugabyteDB, if possible. Applications can connect to YugabyteDB over private IP addresses.

  • In Amazon Web Services (AWS), run the YugabyteDB cluster in a separate VPC (Amazon Virtual Private Network) and peer this only with VPCs from which database access is required, for example from those VPCs where the application will run.

  • Make the security groups assigned to the database servers very restrictive. Ensure that they can communicate with each other on the necessary ports, and expose only the client accessible ports to just the required set of servers. See the list of YugabyteDB ports.

Enable encryption in transit

TLS encryption ensures that network communication between servers is secure. You can configure YugabyteDB to use TLS to encrypt intra-cluster and client to server network communication. You should enable encryption in transit in YugabyteDB clusters and clients to ensure privacy and integrity of data transferred over the network.

For more information, see Encryption in transit in YugabyteDB.

Enable encryption at rest

Encryption at rest ensures that data at rest, stored on disk, is protected. You can configure YugabyteDB with a self-generated symmetric key to perform cluster-wide encryption.

For more information, see Encryption at rest in YugabyteDB.