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Subject Turning on internal security with no downtime
Date Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:03:54 GMT
Cassandra 1.2.19

We would like to turn on Cassandra's internal security (PasswordAuthenticator and CassandraAuthorizer)
on the ring (away from AllowAll). (Clients are already passing credentials in their connections.)
However, I know all nodes have to be switched to those before the basic security objects (system_auth)
are created. So, an outage would be required to change all the nodes, let system_auth get
created, alter system_auth for replication strategy, create all the users/permissions, repair

For DataStax, there is a TransitionalAuthorizer that allows the system_auth to get created,
but doesn't really require passwords. So, with a double, rolling bounce, you can implement
security with no downtime. Anything like that for open source? Any other ways you have activated
security without downtime?

Sean R. Durity


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