4.3. Repository Encryption

Sqoop 2 uses a database to store metadata about the various data sources it talks to, we call this database the repository.

The repository can store passwords and other pieces of information that are security sensitive, within the context of Sqoop 2, this information is referred to as sensitive inputs. Which inputs are considered sensitive is determined by the connector.

We support encrypting sensitive inputs in the repository using a provided password or password generator. Sqoop 2 uses the provided password and the provided key generation algorithm (such as PBKDF2) to generate a key to encrypt sensitive inputs and another hmac key to verify their integrity.

Only the sensitive inputs are encrypted. If an input is not defined as sensitive by the connector, it is NOT encrypted.

4.3.1. Server Configuration

Note: This configuration will allow a new Sqoop instance to encrypt information or read from an already encrypted repository. It will not encrypt sensitive inputs in an existing repository. For instructions on how to encrypt an existing repository, please look here: RepositoryEncryption

First, repository encryption must be enabled.


Then we configure the password:


Or the password generator:

org.apache.sqoop.security.repo_encryption.password_generator=echo supersecret

The plaintext password is always given preference to the password generator if both are present.

Then we can configure the HMAC algorithm. Please find the list of possibilities here: Standard Algorithm Name Documentation - Mac We can store digests with up to 1024 bits.


Then we configure the cipher algorithm. Possibilities can be found here: Standard Algorithm Name Documentation - Cipher


Then we configure the key size for the cipher in bytes. We can store up to 1024 bit keys.


Next we need to specify the cipher transformation. The options for this field are listed here: Cipher (Java Platform SE 7)


The size of the initialization vector to use in bytes. We support up to 1024 bit initialization vectors.


Next we need to specfy the algorithm for secret key generation. Please refer to: Standard Algorithm Name Documentation - SecretKeyFactory


Finally specify the number of rounds/iterations for the generation of a key from a password.