Portworx can integrate with Kubernetes Secrets to store your encryption keys/secrets and credentials. This guide will help configure Portworx with Kubernetes Secrets. Kubernetes Secrets can then be used to store Portworx secrets for Volume Encryption and Cloud Credentials.

Supported from PX Enterprise 1.4 onwards

Configuring Kubernetes Secrets with Portworx

New installation

When generating the Portworx Kubernetes spec file, select Kubernetes from the “Secrets type” list. For more details on how to generate Portworx spec for Kubernetes, refer instructions on Deploy Portworx on Kubernetes.

Existing installation

Permissions to access secrets

Portworx stores credentials/secrets in a Kubernetes namespace called portworx. It needs permissions to access secrets under this namespace. If you have upgraded Portworx using the recommended method, then you will not have to create the namespace and roles given below. If the following objects are missing, then create it using kubectl:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
# Namespace to store credentials
apiVersion: v1
kind: Namespace
  name: portworx
# Role to access secrets under portworx namespace only
kind: Role
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
  name: px-role
  namespace: portworx
- apiGroups: [""]
  resources: ["secrets"]
  verbs: ["get", "list", "create", "update", "patch"]
# Allow portworx service account to access the secrets under the portworx namespace
kind: RoleBinding
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
  name: px-role-binding
  namespace: portworx
- kind: ServiceAccount
  name: px-account
  namespace: kube-system
  kind: Role
  name: px-role
  apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
Update config.json

After ensuring the portworx namespace and the required permissions are present, you will have to update the /etc/pwx/config.json to start using Kubernetes secrets by default. Add the secret_type and cluster_secret_key fields in the secret section to the /etc/pwx/config.json on each node in the cluster:

    "clusterid": "",
    "secret": {
        "secret_type": "k8s",
        "cluster_secret_key": "cluster-wide-secret-key"
Edit the Portworx Daemonset

You will have to edit the Portworx daemonset to use Kubernetes secrets, so that all the new Portworx nodes will start using Kubernetes secrets. You will not have to change the config.json for the new nodes if you edit the daemonset.

# kubectl edit daemonset portworx -n kube-system

Add the "-secret_type", "k8s" arguments to the portworx container in the daemonset. It should look something like this:

  - args:
    - -c
    - testclusterid
    - -s
    - /dev/sdb
    - -x
    - kubernetes
    - -secret_type
    - k8s
    name: portworx

Editing the daemonset will also restart all the Portworx pods, which will consume the modified config.json.

Creating secrets with Kubernetes

The following section describes the key generation process with Portworx and Kubernetes which can be used for encrypting volumes. More details about encryption can be found on Encrypted Volumes and Encryption using PVC page.

Setting cluster wide secret key

A cluster wide secret key is a common key that can be used to encrypt all your volumes. First, let us create a cluster wide secret in Kubernetes using kubectl:

# kubectl -n portworx create secret generic px-vol-encryption \

Note that the cluster wide secret has to reside in the px-vol-encryption secret under the portworx namespace.

Now you have to give Portworx the cluster wide secret key, that acts as the default encryption key for all volumes.

# PX_POD=$(kubectl get pods -l name=portworx -n kube-system -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
# kubectl exec $PX_POD -n kube-system -- /opt/pwx/bin/pxctl secrets set-cluster-key \
  --secret pwx/secrets/cluster-wide-secret-key
Successfully set cluster secret key

This command needs to be run just once for the cluster. If you have added the cluster secret key through the config.json, the above command will overwrite it. Even on subsequent Portworx restarts, the cluster secret key in config.json will be ignored for the one set through the CLI.

(Optional) Authenticating with Kubernetes Secrets using Portworx CLI

If you wish to quickly try Kubernetes secrets, you can authenticate Portworx with Kubernetes Secrets using Portworx CLI. Run the following command:

# PX_POD=$(kubectl get pods -l name=portworx -n kube-system -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
# kubectl exec $PX_POD -n kube-system -- /opt/pwx/bin/pxctl secrets k8s login
Successfully authenticated with Kubernetes Secrets.
** WARNING, this is probably not what you want to do. This login will not be persisted across PX or node reboots. Please put your login information in /etc/pwx/config.json or refer docs.portworx.com for more information.

You need to run this command on all Portworx nodes, so that you could create and mount encrypted volumes on all nodes.

If the CLI is used to authenticate with Kubernetes Secrets, for every restart of Portworx container it needs to be re-authenticated with Kubernetes Secrets by running the login command on that node.