[openstack-dev] Barbican : What is the difference between secret and order resource

John Wood john.wood at RACKSPACE.COM
Thu Apr 16 13:10:16 UTC 2015

Hello Asha,

The /v1/secrets resource is used to upload, encrypt and store your secrets, and to decrypt and retrieve those secrets. Key encryption keys (KEKs) internal to Barbican are used to encrypt the secret.

The /v1/orders resource is used when you want Barbican to generate secrets for you. When they are done they give you references to where the secrets are stored so you can retrieve them via the secrets resource above.

Hope that helps!


From: Asha Seshagiri <asha.seshagiri at gmail.com<mailto:asha.seshagiri at gmail.com>>
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:23 AM
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Subject: Barbican : What is the difference between secret and order resource

Hi All ,

What is the difference between secret and the order resource ?
Where is the key stored that is used for encrypting the payload in the secret resource and how do we access it.

According to my understanding ,

Storing/Posting  the secret  means  we are encrypting the actual information(payload)  using the key generated internally by the barbican based on the type mentioned in the secret type.
Geting the secret means we are decryprting the information and geting the actual information.

Posting the order refers to the generation of the actual keys by the barbican  and encyrpting those keys based on the algorithm and the internal key generated by barbican.
This encrypted key is referred through the secret reference and the whole meta data is referred through a order reference.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks and Regards,
Asha Seshagiri
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