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From "Brian O'Neill" <>
Subject Re: security
Date Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:31:55 GMT
Not sure this is the "standard approach", probably more "what we came up
with". ;)

We plan to deploy Cassandra behind a firewall denying all traffic on all
ports other than 8080.  Access from applications will be limited to the
REST/HTTP layer, which we'll lock down with standard HTTP authentication
mechanisms. (using built-in apache or the servlet container)

Long term, we'll probably also introduce authorization/access control by
URL as well, whereby only certain users/apps will have access to certain
keyspaces and/or column families. (again... most likely using built-in
apache mechanisms, or the servlet container)


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM, Guy Incognito <> wrote:

> hi,
> is there a standard approach to securing cassandra eg within a corporate
> network?  at the moment in our dev environment, anybody with network
> connectivity to the cluster can connect to it and mess with it.  this would
> not be acceptable in prod.  do people generally write custom authenticators
> etc, or just put the cluster behind a firewall with the appropriate rules
> to limit access?

Brian ONeill
Lead Architect, Health Market Science (

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