keyring_encrypted_file plugin is an
extension included in MySQL Enterprise Edition, a commercial product. To learn
more about commercial products, see
keyring_encrypted_file keyring plugin
stores keyring data in an encrypted, password-protected file
local to the server host.
For encryption key management, the
keyring_encrypted_file plugin is not
intended as a regulatory compliance solution. Security
standards such as PCI, FIPS, and others require use of key
management systems to secure, manage, and protect encryption
keys in key vaults or hardware security modules (HSMs).
keyring_encrypted_file, use the
general instructions found in
Section 6.4.3, “Keyring Plugin Installation”, together with the
configuration information specific to
keyring_encrypted_file found here.
To be usable during the server startup process,
keyring_encrypted_file must be loaded using
To specify the password for encrypting the keyring data file,
system variable. (The password is mandatory; if not specified at
initialization fails.) The
system variable optionally configures the location of the file
used by the
keyring_encrypted_file plugin for
data storage. The default value is platform specific. To
configure the file location explicitly, set the variable value
at startup. For example, use these lines in the server
my.cnf file, adjusting the
.so suffix and file location for your
platform as necessary and substituting your chosen password:
[mysqld] early-plugin-load=keyring_encrypted_file.so keyring_encrypted_file_data=/usr/local/mysql/mysql-keyring/keyring-encrypted keyring_encrypted_file_password=password
my.cnf file stores a password
when written as shown, it should have a restrictive mode and be
accessible only to the account used to run the MySQL server.
Keyring operations are transactional: The
keyring_encrypted_file plugin uses a backup
file during write operations to ensure that it can roll back to
the original file if an operation fails. The backup file has the
same name as the value of the
system variable with a suffix of
For additional information about the system variables used to
see Section 6.4.18, “Keyring System Variables”.
To ensure that keys are flushed only when the correct keyring
storage file exists,
stores a SHA-256 checksum of the keyring in the file. Before
updating the file, the plugin verifies that it contains the
expected checksum. In addition,
keyring_encrypted_file encrypts file contents
using AES before writing the file, and decrypts file contents
after reading the file.
keyring_encrypted_file plugin supports
the functions that comprise the standard MySQL Keyring service
interface. Keyring operations performed by those functions are
accessible at two levels:
SQL interface: In SQL statements, call the functions described in Section 6.4.14, “General-Purpose Keyring Key-Management Functions”.
C interface: In C-language code, call the keyring service functions described in The Keyring Service.
Example (using the SQL interface):
SELECT keyring_key_generate('MyKey', 'AES', 32); SELECT keyring_key_remove('MyKey');
For information about the characteristics of key values
Section 6.4.12, “Supported Keyring Key Types and Lengths”.