Manage Cryptographic Tokens and Certificates
Manage your Private PKI certificate settings
- Updated on Jan 26, 2022
- Customizing your private PKI
Customizing how Banyan issues cryptographic tokens and certificates is an advanced capability. Please contact us for assistance.
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
As in the diagram below, the Banyan component called Shield manages a private PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), also known as an Internal CA (Certificate Authority), to distribute cryptographic identities (typically X.509 Certificates) to clients and services in your organization.
Shield CA distributes certificates
Netagents running on Linux Hosts talk directly to Shield to receive certificates on behalf of workloads and services. The Banyan App (or other clients) communicate with Shield via the Command Center’s RESTful APIs.
Banyan issues server certificates for hosted services and SSH servers.
|Cert Nickname||Format||Subject CN / KeyID||Validity Period||Server Name and Purpose|
||1 year (auto-rotated every 24 hours)||Banyan Service, to secure hosted services|
||1 year||Linux Host, for SSH authentication|
Banyan also issues various types of client certificates for use in different client authentication scenarios.
|Cert Nickname||Format||Subject CN / KeyID||Validity Period||Client Name and Purpose|
||1 year (revoke via OCSP)||Banyan Desktop App, for device registration|
||24 hours (adjustable)||Banyan Desktop App, for access to TCP Services|
||1 year (auto-rotated every 24 hours)||Linux Workloads, for service-to-service authNZ|
||24 hours (adjustable)||Banyan Desktop App, for SSH authentication|
Banyan “decorates” the certificates issued by Shield with client and server information.
For X.509 certificates, we use X.509 Subject Alternative Name - SAN, an extension to X.509 that allows various values to be associated with a certificate using a subjectAltName field. In server X.509 certs, the SAN field
DNS Name contains the Banyan ServiceName. In client X.509 certs, the SAN field
DNS Name contains the client’s Roles.
For SSH certificates, Banyan used the
Principals field. In client SSH cert, the
Principals field contains the client’s Roles.
Customizing your private PKI
Banyan enables easy management of cryptographic tokens and certificates in a unified Advanced Settings page within the Banyan Command Center. To access the Advanced Settings page, navigate to Settings > TrustProvider Settings > Advanced Settings.
If your organization does not yet have a Cluster coordinator (i.e., Shield) configured, the Private Certificate Authority (CA) section displays a prompt to “Install a cluster before configuring the certificate(s)” instead of the Private Certificate Authority (CA) fields.
Issuing X.509 CA Certificate
Your organization’s Issuing CA cert is automatically distributed to all your devices and hosts. The Issuing Certificate field displays the issuing certificate for your organization. This field is not editable, and it displays the same CA certificate displayed on a cluster’s details page (Directory & Infrastructure > Clusters > (cluster name) > Installation & Device Cert Parameters > CA Certificate).
Root X.509 CA Certificate
If your Issuing CA is an Intermediate CA, you can upload your organization’s Root CA certificate so it can be distributed along with the Issuing CA.
Select Add Root Certificate, paste your Root Certificate, and then select Save.
SSH CA Public Key
Banyan’s PKI infrastructure uses the same key-pair as in your Issuing X.509 CA Certificate to provision SSH certificates. You can find your SSH CA’s public key in the SSH CA Public Key field.
Authentication Tokens and Certificates
By default, Banyan issued short-lived tokens (TrustToken) and short-lived certificates (TrustCert, SSHCert) are valid for 24 hours. To configure the expiration period, change the number of Hours, and then select Update.
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