For your convenience, we have implemented the following security features into the Policy Server.
HTTPS connections (disabled by default) can be enabled by doing the following:
Store your SSL Certificate and Private Key files in the
POLICY_SERVER_PORT_SSL environment variable to your desired secure port (typically 443)
SSL_CERTIFICATE_FILENAME environment variable to the filename of your SSL Certificate file
SSL_PRIVATE_KEY_FILENAME environment variable to the filename of your Private Key file
If you are unable to modify your environment variables, you may define these settings in the
./settings.js configuration file
Restart your Policy Server and navigate to your server's hostname on the secure port!
You may optionally require your Policy Server administrators to enter a password before being able to access the user interface. We recommend using a more secure method of authentication in accordance to your company's IT security standards, but provide this basic authentication feature for convenience.
By default, basic authentication is disabled. To enable it, simply set your
AUTH_TYPE environment variable to
basic and your
BASIC_AUTH_PASSWORD environment variable to a password of your choice, then restart your Policy Server. If you are unable to modify your environment variables, you may define these settings in the
./settings.js configuration file.
You may wish to encrypt your Policy Table when in transit to/from SDL Core. To achieve this, we've implemented skeleton methods to house your custom encryption logic. The Policy Table JSON object (array) is passed to these methods so you can run encryption and decryption transformations against it. By default, these methods perform no transformations.
The customizable Policy Table skeleton
decryptPolicyTable methods are located in the Policy Server project at the following file path:
If you modify this skeleton method to implement Policy Table encryption on your Policy Server, you will also need to implement corresponding cryptography logic via the
decrypt methods in your build of SDL Core. These methods are available in the
sample_policy_manager.py file of SDL Core.
If you are attempting to use encrypted RPCs with SDL Core, you will need to have certificates for both Core and the Mobile Proxy. Generating the CA key and certificate files will have to be done manually (see below). After they are created and certificate generation is enabled, additional ones can be created via the Policy Server UI. The Policy Server uses a wrapper for OpenSSL to provide the same options that would normally be provided when directly dealing with OpenSSL.
OpenSSL version 1.1.0+ must be installed. The source files can be found here along with instructions for installation.
Once OpenSSL is properly installed, you'll need to take the necessary steps to establish a certificate authority. The CA will be responsible for signing all certificates created by the policy server. This can be done by simply entering the following two commands into any terminal:
|openssl genrsa -out CA.key 2048||This creates a 2048 bit RSA private key and saves it in the file "CA.key". It will later be used for signing certificates.|
|openssl req -x509 -new -nodes -key CA.key -sha256 -days 3650 -out CA.pem||This creates a certificate in the file name "CA.pem" that will be used in the creation of additional certificates. It is set to expire after 10 years. OpenSSL will then prompt you for further information.|
The CA files will then need to be relocated to the
./customizable/ca folder and their file names will need to be specified in the
The following environment variables are the most relevant for getting the policy server set up to start creating certificates on its own:
|CA_PRIVATE_KEY_FILENAME||true||The filename of your .key file generated, to be placed in customizable/ca/|
|CA_CERTIFICATE_FILENAME||true||The filename of your .pem file generated, to be placed in customizable/ca/|
|CERTIFICATE_PASSPHRASE||true||A secret password used for every certificate generated.|
|CERTIFICATE_COMMON_NAME||true||Default information of the issuer's fully qualified domain name to secure|
|PRIVATE_KEY_BITSIZE||false||The size of the private keys generated. Defaults to 2048.|
|PRIVATE_KEY_CIPHER||false||The type of cipher to use for encryption/decryption. Defaults to "des3".|
|CERTIFICATE_COUNTRY||false||Default information of the issuer's country (two-letter ISO code).|
|CERTIFICATE_STATE||false||Default information of the issuer's state.|
|CERTIFICATE_LOCALITY||false||Default information of the issuer's city.|
|CERTIFICATE_ORGANIZATION||false||Default information of the issuer's legal company name.|
|CERTIFICATE_ORGANIZATION_UNIT||false||Default information of the issuer's company's branch.|
|CERTIFICATE_EMAIL_ADDRESS||false||Default information of the issuer's email address|
|CERTIFICATE_HASH||false||The cryptographic hash function to use. Defaults to sha256.|
|CERTIFICATE_DAYS||false||The number of days until the certificate expires. Defaults to 7 days.|
To know if this process was successful and if your policy server is now capable of generating keys and certificates, check the About page to see if certificate generation is enabled.
SDL Core's certificate is stored in the module_config of the policy table and is updated via a Policy Table Update. For an app to retrieve its certificate, it must make either a
POST request to the
/applications/certificate/get endpoint. See the API documentation for more details.