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HashiCorp Vault

HashiCorp Vault


What is HashiCorp Vault?

HashiCorp offers Vault, an encryption tool of use in the management of secrets including credentials, passwords and other secrets, providing access control, audit trail, and support for multiple authentication methods. It is available open source, or under an enterprise license.

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January 21, 2019
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What is HashiCorp Vault?

HashiCorp Vault is an identity-based secrets and encryption management system. A secret is anything that one wants to tightly control access to, such as API encryption keys, passwords, and certificates.

Vault provides encryption services that are gated by authentication and authorization methods. Using Vault’s UI, CLI, or HTTP API, access to secrets and other sensitive data can be securely stored and managed, tightly controlled (restricted), and auditable.

HashiCorp Vault Features

  • Supported: Secrets Management
  • Supported: Database Credential Rotation
  • Supported: Advanced Data Protection

HashiCorp Vault Screenshots

Screenshot of Example of writing a secret to Vault. Secrets are always encrypted and written to backend storage. To learn more: of Secrets menu to manage integrated secrets engines. Secrets Engines are components which store, generate, or encrypt data and are enabled at a path in Vault. To learn more: of Vault identity has support for groups. A group can contain multiple entities as its members. A group can also have subgroups. To learn more: of HCP Vault provides all of the power and security of Vault, without the complexity and overhead of managing it yourself. To learn more: of View entity client and non-entity client counts.Screenshot of MFA is built on top of the Identity system of Vault. To learn more:

HashiCorp Vault Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

HashiCorp offers Vault, an encryption tool of use in the management of secrets including credentials, passwords and other secrets, providing access control, audit trail, and support for multiple authentication methods. It is available open source, or under an enterprise license.

CyberArk Privileged Access Management, ARCON PAM, and Delinea Secret Server are common alternatives for HashiCorp Vault.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 6.3.

The most common users of HashiCorp Vault are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Users have made a few common recommendations based on their experiences with Vault.

Firstly, they recommend defining roles and policies at the beginning of the setup process. This helps save time and ensures cost-effectiveness by clearly establishing access levels and permissions.

Secondly, users advise investing time in careful planning before going into production with Vault. This includes defining paths, naming conventions, and policies to streamline the implementation process and prevent potential issues.

Lastly, users emphasize the importance of exploring learning resources such as documentation, user groups, and other knowledge-sharing platforms. These resources offer valuable insights into best practices, troubleshooting tips, and real-world use cases.

Overall, users believe that while Vault is a comprehensive and powerful tool, it may require some initial effort in terms of setup and planning. They also mention that additional user features could further improve its competitiveness. However, users encourage others to research and evaluate Vault for its affordability and data security benefits, as they believe it won't disappoint.

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Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are centralizing several config data of our application into a Vault cluster spread into different regions through AWS. It is a solution which was implemented by the DevOps team initially to support the DevOps environment, going later to all production environments. What we used to handle with config files before is maintained by HashiCorp Vault.
  • A great repository for credentials and secrets.
  • Good scalability with its own clustering solution and high availability.
  • Easy to install like other Hashicorp products, it is based on just one executable.
  • Documentation could be better.
  • The multiple key unseal process can be a problem if the need arises.
  • It would make more sense if HashiCorp Vault combined with HashiCorp Consul to create a unique product.
Complex environments today are delivered in an automated manner, usually based on git repository code. From a security standpoint, credentials, passwords, and secret keys cannot be stored in these repositories. A safe and reliable environment for storing this type of data is therefore required. HashiCorp Vault has proven to be an excellent choice in the environments where I inserted it.
  • Allowed better access control for credentials, passwords, and important keys.
  • After we started using HashiCorp Vault, we were able to base our environment 100% as code.
  • SSH access control that is possible using HashiCorp Vault adds an extra level of security in environments where external remote access is required.
We spent a little more time than we imagined to conceptually understand how HashiCorp Vault operates, as well as how it is configured. This is not trivial, and keep in mind that you will need to take some time to get a thorough understanding of the tool. The documentation could be more helpful in this regard.
As with all other products provided by HashiCorp, the effort and attention that the company has in creating a complete solution ecosystem for the DevOps universe are fully apparent. Several technical lectures about products on YouTube are presented by the company's CEO.
I already used Encrypted Hiera (which is basically YAML files encrypted with a private key scheme where this key is stored in plain text on the server, which is obviously not the best option). Another solution I also used for this purpose was AWS KMS, but with Vault I don't get stuck with a cloud provider.
Marco Urrea | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is used to manage secrets, credentials and other sensitive data among the company and our clients. It's a centralized secret management solution which mitigates security breaches and improves code development
  • Credentials generation
  • Secret management
  • Preventing secret sprawling
  • UI can improve
It is a very useful tool when implemented in a company, it addresses lots of security issues, and it's very easy to implement because it is API driven.
  • API driven
  • Versatile
  • Very useful because sensitive data doesn't exist before reading
HashiCorp Vault is way better than Azure Key Vault; it has more features and it goes beyond a key-value secret store.
Jeffrey Severance | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

We use Hashicorp Vault to protect secrets used by our application teams such as database connection strings, passwords that run jobs, and meta-data about the environment around the application. This tool helps us ensure that our accounts are secure, passwords are private and our data can't be accessed by anyone that shouldn't have access to the system.

  • The HTTP API you use to write and read secrets is open and can be used by any application.
  • It keeps our sensitive data/credentials out of our Gitlab repositories.
  • Sealing and unsealing the Vault on demand adds an additional layer of security.
  • Vault requires a complex setup when getting started.
  • Vault requires decisions around the backend type to be made up front.
  • Vault tokens appear to be managed manually in most cases.
Vault is a reliable and resilient as the Key Management System. It is not for the novice user that does not have a background in information security. It requires a significant time investment into the different key engines that the solution offers to get started. It works very well once implemented and is very flexible in general.
  • Vault protects our application data from incidents.
  • Vault has decreased the time it takes to provide access to sensitive data.
  • Vault has provided great vault to our information security goals for this year.
We evaluated Symantec as an existing partner within our enterprise. We found that the API provided by Vault is superior and that was a critical use case in our organization. We also found that Vault has more engine types which allow different types of data to be stored. This helped us make our decision.
Hashicorp has been very responsive to our questions and inquiries up to this point. We are currently working on them to develop a more granular permissions model within Vault. We are very close to achieving our objectives with the help of their support team. We do not seem to be in the same time zone which makes it hard for escalated issues.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HashiCorp Vault is our go-to for secrets management in our cloud implementation. Having used many other HashiCorp products, it was easy enough for us to translate that into the use of Vault. We also use it in a limited capacity with Chef, used in conjunction with encrypted data bags. HashiCorp Vault has allowed us to securely use secrets across applications without the need to expose those secrets. It has also made it easier to implement sane key rotation and achieve automation.
  • HashiCorp Vault manages secrets extremely well.
  • It works well as a cloud-agnostic or multi-cloud solution.
  • HashiCorp Vault works extremely well with other HashiCorp products.
  • Vault integrates with other systems very well because everything is API driven.
  • It doesn't have an interface. This isn't entirely bad because of the purpose it serves, but it does make the barrier to entry a little difficult.
  • Unlike many other HashiCorp products, the documentation feels like it leaves some steps out. Step by step documentation lowers the barriers to entry a little bit, and going through even the installation documentation and setup leaves a little bit of the caveats out.
  • It needs a fair bit of supporting infrastructure. You cannot just have a Vault instance. Having a HashiCorp Vault instance means also having a consul cluster for the backend.
HashiCorp Vault, in my opinion, is a defacto standard for any cloud or automation implementation. They're the best of the best as far as products for secrets management and the ability to use it against relatively any service you have is unheard of for other products. HashiCorp has really taken out all the stops when it comes to creating a nice, extensible tool that people can use to suit their needs.
I'm rating this a 7 purely because of the barriers to entry with a lack of a user interface. This makes it more difficult to pick up and go because you have to understand how to interact with it via terminal. This is not a huge problem to most, but there will always be those that are simply more comfortable operating with a user interface. Their command-line interface is great, and once you get the hang of it it's relatively straight forward. It's just getting there that's a little bit of a speed bump.
HashiCorp is very responsive on GitHub if you have issues with their products. They also have a very active community. For actual HashiCorp support though, I do not have enough information to give them a solid rating. Historically, pricing has been a concern with HashiCorp support (their paid plan is a bit on the higher end of pricing), so there haven't been any scenarios where I've interacted with them as a whole outside of community channels. Simply having a well versed and accessible community goes a long way for support though as they are a great avenue.
As mentioned before, HashiCorp Vault really is the best in its class. Having used other secrets management tools, HashiCorp has really made Vault the easiest to use in a cross-compatibility function, in a multi-cloud/hybrid environment, and in multiple fashions. Many other tools simply solve a single problem (like encrypted data bags within Chef) but do not help with cross-application compatibility. Using HashiCorp Vault, it's easy to integrate everything through it so you do not have any secrets being exposed. It also gives you a single standardized process so there isn't much guesswork. That alone can aid in making your environment more secure.
Users are all technical, spanning both development and operations teams. Because we're using HashiCorp Vault as a defacto standard for secrets management, it has been critical ensuring everyone that is in a technical role is up to speed on how to use this tool.
Each team that uses HashiCorp manages their own instance, with a centralized instance being supported as well for cross-team secrets. That requires all teams that are using secrets to have the knowledge and understand of how to administer the tool. As we ensure everything is automated, that has made maintenance of Vault instances much easier, but everyone still needs to know how to do it. In order to administer this tool, in particular, you have to understand how not only Vault works, but how Consul works as well because ultimately you will be maintaining a Consul cluster if you follow HashiCorp's supported set up and recommendations.
  • Secrets Mangement
  • Key Rotation
  • Security
HashiCorp Vault is the best there is out there, and it has become critical to our secret management use cases. It would be difficult to find anything that would suit our needs better and that would be beneficial for us to switch over to.
January 21, 2019

One of a Kind

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have looked into HashiCorp Vault as a solution to generate, store, and manage secrets in a container-oriented production platform. Currently, our systems rely on Vault to store TLS certificates and credentials to stateful services in our customer-facing applications. We are also using Vault to store application-level credentials for some of our products.
  • Automated revocation of credentials via leases
  • Provides many plugins for federated authorization through different platforms
  • Dynamic credential generation
  • Documentation for the API moves slower than changes in the API itself
  • The database secret engine's API design isn't as elegant as it could be
  • No support for revocation of all secrets under one path
I believe that HashiCorp Vault is a unique product for security engineers with a lot of features that can help automate the secret management tasks from end to end. For automation purposes, it does require a reasonable amount of backing infrastructure, so only consider that option if you can get a good ROI. Otherwise, it's a perfectly serviceable tool as a secret store, if you never need to stash credentials in plaintext somewhere, for example, if you're running an application that logs into another service on behalf of other clients and OAuth2 is not an option.
  • Helped us reach our security compliance goals.
  • Helped us strengthen our security position in our infrastructure by improving on poor secret management practices.
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