Getting Started with HashiCorp Vault
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Getting Started with HashiCorp Vault

A hands-on guide on HashiCorp Vault for beginners.

About the Book

Getting Started with HashiCorp Vault is a beginner's guide to understanding the HashiCorp Vault which is a popular open-source secret management project.

This hands-on book gives you a guided approach to learning core Vault concepts. We will cover the basic Vault concepts that are essential features of Vault such as Static and Dynamic Secrets, Authentication, and Encryption in Transit. You will learn how to configure, deploy, and operate it. We will also present application and operational patterns for leveraging Vault's powerful features from your applications.

About the Author

Anubhav Mishra
Anubhav Mishra

Anubhav Mishra is the Advisor to the CTO & Head of HashiCorp Labs at HashiCorp. He is passionate about Developer Advocacy and helping developers and operators do better. Previously, he worked at Hootsuite, where he created Atlantis - An Open Source project that helps teams collaborate on Infrastructure using Terraform. Anubhav loves working with distributed systems and exploring new technologies. He also loves open source software and is continuously finding ways to contribute to projects that excite him. That has led him to contribute to projects like Virtual Kubelet (a CNCF project) and dapr. He often speaks at conferences. In his free time, he DJs, makes music, and plays football. He’s a huge Manchester United supporter.

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Preface
      • Who is this book for?
      • Versioning
      • About the Author
    • Acknowledgements
  • Part 1 - Basics
    • 1 Introducing Vault
      • 1.1 Application security facts and figures
      • 1.2 What is Vault
        • Vault architecture
        • Workflow
      • 1.3 Case studies
        • Case study one: application security
        • Case study two: operational security
      • 1.4 What you’ll learn
      • 1.5 Summary
    • 2 Getting started with Vault
      • 2.1 Vault in practice
        • Vault command-line interface
        • Writing secrets into Vault
        • Reading secrets from Vault
        • Restricting secret access using policy
        • Vault HTTP API
        • Accessing secrets using the Vault API
        • Vault UI
      • 2.2 Summary
    • 3 Authenticating with Vault
      • 3.1 Basic authentication workflow with Vault
      • 3.2 Auth methods
        • User permissions in an organization
        • Enabling an authentication method
        • Configuring an authentication method
        • Testing your LDAP server settings
        • Mapping LDAP groups to Vault policy
        • Authenticating applications with Vault
        • Configuring AppRole authentication method
        • Authentication using the Vault Agent
        • Interacting with Vault using the Vault Agent
      • 3.3 Summary
    • 4 Storing and generating secrets using Vault
      • 4.1 Secrets engine
        • Enabling a key-value secrets engine
        • Generic key-value secrets engine
        • Versioned key-value secrets engine
        • Database secrets engine
        • Generating on-demand cloud credentials
      • 4.2 Summary
    • 5 Control Access in Vault using Policy
      • 5.1 Vault Policy Syntax
        • Managing Policies
      • 5.2 Summary
  • Part 2 - Application Patterns
    • 6 Application Secrets with Vault Agent
    • 7 Using Vault with HashiCorp Nomad
    • 8 Using Vault with Kubernetes
    • 9 Using Vault for Encryption in Transit
  • Part 3 - Operational Patterns
    • 10 Securing SSH with Vault
    • 11 Integration Vault with CI Systems
    • Appendix A - Vault development environment
      • Installing Vault
      • Starting the Vault Server
    • Appendix B - GLAuth LDAP server
      • Installing GLAuth
      • Downloading GLAuth config
    • Appendix C - jq Command-line JSON Processor
      • Installing jq
      • Try it out

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