On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Mark McBride <mark.mcbride@gmail.com> wrote:
That's not a bad idea.  Doesn't end up being very fine grained, but
should be sufficient.

My understanding is that Erlang OTP has a reasonable security layer for inter-machine communications that might address the rogue Cassandra instance issue.


On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:53 PM, Chris Goffinet<goffinet@digg.com> wrote:
> Sounds like your asking if Cassandra has support for a software ACL.  No,
> Cassandra does not have that. I personally think that should be at the
> hardware level anyway, why waste the cycles. Secure your network firewalls
> internally to isolate your appliance. If anything, you could ship a software
> based firewall in your appliance (something that uses iptables -- its what
> we had at Yahoo).
> On Aug 21, 2009, at 10:48 PM, Mark McBride wrote:
>> I understand that part.  But how do you prevent people starting a
>> rogue node and adding it to the system?  As I understand it now,
>> anybody can bring up a node, point it at one of the seeds and have it
>> take part in the cluster.  Am I mistaken there?
>>   ---Mark
>> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:42 PM, Chris Goffinet<goffinet@digg.com> wrote:
>>> Thrift is just a cross-platform interface. Using the internal api does
>>> not
>>> mitigate having Cassandra find other nodes.
>>> -Chris
>>> On Aug 21, 2009, at 10:39 PM, Mark McBride wrote:
>>>> There's still the question of inter-node communication though.  One of
>>>> the attractive things to us is the ability to power on another virtual
>>>> appliance and have it auto-discover the other Cassandra nodes.  Is
>>>> this just something outside the scope of the current design?
>>>>  ---Mark
>>>> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:30 PM, Jonathan Ellis<jbellis@gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> if your product is jvm based, just use the internal api and don't
>>>>> stzrt the thrift listeners at all.
>>>>> On 8/21/09, Mark McBride <mark.mcbride@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> I'm looking at the potential of embedding Cassandra in one of our
>>>>>> products.  This ships as one or more virtual appliances that runs at a
>>>>>> customer's site, and security is always an issue.  This looks like
>>>>>> mostly a Thrift issue... but I was wondering if anybody on this list
>>>>>> had any thoughts about how you would go about securing Cassandra.  The
>>>>>> best idea I have so far is to try to get THttpClient working (doc
>>>>>> there is very sparse), have Cassandra listen only listen on
>>>>>> and have Apache + mod_proxy handle security.  If anybody thinks this
>>>>>> is a dumb way to do it I'm more than willing to listen to alternatives
>>>>>>  ---Mark

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