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Bhuvnesh.Kumar
Moderator
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Configuring extensions for password encryption

Most of our extensions support password encryption. To use this service, please follow these steps exactly as specified.

NOTE | Once done, you will have to uncomment the encryptionKey and encryptedPassword and update them with the ones that you generate in the config.yml file.

When you complete these steps, your extension will be ready for password encryption.

Contents

  1. Generate the encrypted password
  2. Configure config.yml with the encrypted password

 

STEP 1. How do I generate the encrypted password?

In this case, we will take Cassandra Monitoring Extension as an example. 

  1. Navigate to your Machine Agent installation folder, then head to the “monitors” folder.

      machineAgeng-folderdirectory-example.png

 

  1. Now enter your Extension folder, or in our case, “CassandraMonitor” and copy the name of the jar file (here, “cassandra-monitoring-extension.jar”)

  2. Open your terminal and navigate to the CassandraMonitor folder.

    machine Agent_CassandraMonitor-example.png

  3. In the folder within terminal, make sure the jar file is present  (i.e., cassandra-monitoring-extension.jar).

  4. Once you’ve verified all the details, run the following command. This command will give you your encrypted password.

    java -cp "cassandra-monitoring-extension.jar" com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor myKey myPassword

    The “myKey” in the command can be any random key that you'd like to use to encrypt the password. The “myPassword” is the plaintext password that you normally use to log in to your product. This is the password that you are trying to encrypt.

NOTE | If you have special characters in your plaintext password or your encryption key, you need to escape the special characters with a backslash (\) in the above command. 
For example, if the plaintext password is myPa$$word, the encryption command should look like this:
java -cp "cassandra-monitoring-extension.jar" com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor myKey myPa\$\$word

  1. Once you run the command, here is how the encrypted password will be generated:
    machineAgent-EncryptedString-example.png

    The value under “Encrypted String” above corresponds to your encrypted password.
     

  1. Save the values for your encryptionKey and Encrypted String in a text editor so that you don’t lose them.

 

STEP 2. Configuring config.yml with the encrypted password:

  1. In the config.yml of the extension, insert the encryptionKey and Encrypted String.

  2. The value forencryptionKey field is the random encryption key that was used in the command. For example, in the example above we used myKey as the encryption key.

The value of encryptedPassword is the result of the above command.
machineAgent-encryptresutl-example.png

 

Once you complete all the steps in this article, your extension will be ready to use the newly generated encrypted password.

Comments
Todd.Angeles
AppDynamics Team

Hello,

 

I see that the tags include 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5. Can anyone confirm if password encryption is compatible with the 4.2.15.9 machine agent?

 

Todd

Bhuvnesh.Kumar
Moderator
Moderator

Hi Todd,

This does work with older versions of the Machine Agent as well.

Thanks,

Bhuvnesh

Konrad.Krieg
Discoverer

Hahaha not sure how I missed it - perhaps it wansn't in the particular extension doc before (it is now) but found the clues in the source code of ext :)

 

So I assume this applies to all "AppDynamics supported" extensions?

Do you have plans to make implementation of encryption mandatory for "vendor supported" as well?

Kunal.Gupta
AppDynamics Team (Retired)

Hi Konrad,

 

As of now, we don't have any plans to enforce encryption. But yes, since it is going to be part of our library, vendors can always use it. 

 

Thanks

Manoj.Alwani
Wanderer

What do you do with the regular password field (where we provide clear text password)?

 

Do we comment/remove it from config.yml file or set it to empty/null/""

 

password: ""

 

or

 

remove it altogether.

Kunal.Gupta
AppDynamics Team (Retired)

Hi Manoj,

 

You can just comment it out if you have the encryptedPassword defined. 

 

Thanks

Yusuke.Miyahara
AppDynamics Team

If someone faces the error below when encrypting,

Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: sun.misc.BASE64Encoder

 

Please use JRE bundled with the machine agent.

Barry.Harwood
Builder

Is there a documented procedure for 

Please use JRE bundled with the machine agent.

Yusuke.Miyahara
AppDynamics Team

No, but it just means instead of using JRE installed on the machine,

~/Desktop/MA/monitors/KafkaMonitor$ java -cp "kafka-monitoring-extension.jar" com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor myKey mypass
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: sun/misc/BASE64Encoder
 at com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor.encrypt(Encryptor.java:44)
 at com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor.main(Encryptor.java:65)
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: sun.misc.BASE64Encoder
 at java.base/jdk.internal.loader.BuiltinClassLoader.loadClass(BuiltinClassLoader.java:581)
 at java.base/jdk.internal.loader.ClassLoaders$AppClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoaders.java:178)
 at java.base/java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:522)
 ... 2 more

 using bundled JRE

~/Desktop/MA/monitors/KafkaMonitor$ ../../jre/bin/java -cp "kafka-monitoring-extension.jar" com.appdynamics.extensions.crypto.Encryptor myKey mypass
****************************Encrypted Text**************************
...

 

Claudia.Landivar
AppDynamics Team (Retired)

Thanks for expanding the conversation, @Barry.Harwood  and @Yusuke.Miyahara! Your contribution makes a difference.

Claudia Landivar

Community Manager & Editor 

Jared.Remuera
Creator

If I had multiple encrypted passwords to add, what would the encryption key syntax look like assuming I would need multiple keys in the config file.

Satish.Muddam
AppDynamics Team

Screenshot 2024-04-04 at 11.46.40 AM.png

Hi Jared, 

If you are configuring something like above, extension will use same "encryptionKey" to decrypt the encrypted passwords. So you will have to encrypt all the passwords with same key too.

Regards,

Satish

 

 

Jared.Remuera
Creator

Thank you Satish, very helpful. My problem is sorted.

Kamal.Manchanda
Creator

Hi I am using the configuration as mentioned in attached screenshot. It was working fine with plain text password however when we converted it to encrypted password, account is locked out. Need to find out the root cause what is causing the configuration to fail.

KamalManchanda_0-1717739742419.png

 

Satish.Muddam
AppDynamics Team

Hi @Kamal.Manchanda ,

According to the config file of the SQLMonitor extension, it expects "encryptionKey" outside of "connectionProperties". In your configuration it is inside "connectionProperties". Can you please make this change and try.

dbServers:
    - displayName: "Instance1"
      connectionUrl: ""
      driver: ""

      connectionProperties:
          user: ""
          password: ""
          encryptedPassword: ""
      encryptionKey: ""

Regards

Satish

 

 

Kamal.Manchanda
Creator

Thanks for prompt help @Satish.Muddam It helped hinting to root cause. I used the below mentioned config.yml from @Bhuvnesh.Kumar using encryptionKey: "abcd" at the end.


dbServers:
- displayName: "Instance1"
connectionUrl: ""
driver: ""

connectionProperties:
user: ""
password: ""
encryptedPassword: "" #Needs to be used in conjunction with `encryptionKey`. Please read the extension documentation to generate encrypted password. https://community.appdynamics.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/How-do-I-use-Password-Encryption-with-Extensions...

queries:
- displayName: "Active Events"
queryStmt: "Select NODE_NAME, EVENT_CODE, EVENT_ID, EVENT_POSTED_COUNT from Active_events"
columns:
- name: "NODE_NAME"
type: "metricPathName"

- name: "EVENT_ID"
type: "metricPathName"

- name: "EVENT_CODE"
type: "metricValue"

- name: "EVENT_POSTED_COUNT"
type: "metricValue"

- displayName: "TRANSACTION DATABASE"
queryStmt: "SELECT TARGET_BOX, REACH_DURATION, ROUTER_DURATION FROM ASG_TRANSACTIONS WHERE TARGET_BOX IN ('target1','target2','target3','target4','target5')"
columns:
- name: "TARGET_BOX"
type: "metricPathName"

- name: "REACH_DURATION"
type: "metricValue"

- name: "ROUTER_DURATION"
type: "metricValue"

- displayName: "Node Status"
queryStmt: "Select NODE_NAME, NODE_STATE from NODE_STATES"
columns:
- name: "NODE_NAME"
type: "metricPathName"

- name: "NODE_STATE"
type: "metricValue"
properties:
convert:
"INITIALIZING" : 0
"UP" : 1
"DOWN" : 2
"READY" : 3
"UNSAFE" : 4
"SHUTDOWN" : 5
"RECOVERING" : 6

# Replaces characters in metric name with the specified characters.
# "replace" takes any regular expression
# "replaceWith" takes the string to replace the matched characters

metricCharacterReplacer:
- replace: "%"
replaceWith: ""
- replace: ","
replaceWith: "-"


numberOfThreads: 5

#Run it as a scheduled task instead of running every minute.
#Configure it. refer: https://community.appdynamics.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/Task-Schedule-for-Extensions/ta-p/35414#Configur...
#taskSchedule:
#numberOfThreads: 1
#taskDelaySeconds: 120


controllerInfo:
controllerHost: "controller"
controllerPort: 8090
account: "customer1"
username: "admin"
password: "admin"
encryptedPassword: ""
controllerSslEnabled: false
enableOrchestration: false
uniqueHostId: ""
accountAccessKey: ""
machinePath: ""
simEnabled: true
applicationName: ""
tierName: ""
nodeName: ""

encryptionKey: "abcd"

 

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