Using secrets


A secret is a small amount of sensitive data such as an access token and a password. PanDA allows users to define arbitrary key-value strings to feed secrets to jobs. They are encrypted in PanDA and decrypted on the compute node, and are exposed to jobs as environment variables. Note that the key-values are random strings from PanDA’s point of view, and users can further encrypt those strings by themselves, so the system should not abuse the sensitive information.


How to manage secrets

pbook provides following functions to manage secrets.


You can define a set of key-value strings using set_secret.

>>> # set_secret(key, value)
>>> set_secret('MY_SECRET', 'random_string')

The key is used as the environment variable name on worker nodes. The value must be a string. If you want to define non-string secrets, serialize them using json.dumps, base64.b64encode, or something, beforehand. E.g.,

>>> # define a dictionary secret using json.dumps
>>> import json
>>> set_secret('MY_SECRET_DIC', json.dumps({'a_key': 'a_value'}))

It is also possible to upload secret files if their size is less than 1000 kB,

>>> # upload a secret file
>>> set_secret('my_secret_file.dat', '/somewhere/secret_file_path', is_file=True)

so that jobs get those files on worker nodes, where the key is the remote filename while the value is the local file path.

list_secrets shows all secrets.

>>> # list_secret(full=False)
>>> list_secrets()

    Key                : Value
    ------------------ : --------------------
    MY_SECRET          : random_string
    MY_SECRET_DIC      : {"a_key": "a_value"}
    my_secret_file.dat : H4sIABmjwWEAA+3TTU7DMBA...

Value strings are truncated by default. Set full=True to see entire strings.

You can delete secrets using delete_secret and/or delete_all_secrets.

Using secrets in your jobs

prun has the –useSecrets option to feed secrets into jobs on worker nodes. Once jobs get started the secrets should be available as environment variables or local files in the current directory. Your application would do something like

import os
import json
# using an ordinary secret
# using a dictionary secret
dict_secret = json.loads(os.environ['MY_SECRET_DIC'])
# using a secret file
with open('my_secret_file.dat', 'wb') as f: