[openstack-dev] [keystone] Token providers and Fernet as the default

Clint Byrum clint at fewbar.com
Mon May 2 23:26:43 UTC 2016

Hello! I enjoyed very much listening in on the default token provider
work session last week in Austin, so thanks everyone for participating
in that. I did not speak up then, because I wasn't really sure of this
idea that has been bouncing around in my head, but now I think it's the
case and we should consider this.

Right now, Keystones without fernet keys, are issuing UUID tokens. These
tokens will be in the database, and valid, for however long the token
TTL is.

The moment that one changes the configuration, keystone will start
rejecting these tokens. This will cause disruption, and I don't think
that is fair to the users who will likely be shown new bugs in their
code at a very unexpected moment.

I wonder if one could merge UUID and Fernet into a provider which
handles this transition gracefully:

if self._fernet_keys:
  return self._issue_fernet_token()
  return self._issue_uuid_token()

And in the validation, do the same, but also with an eye toward keeping
the UUID tokens alive:

if self._fernet_keys:
  except InvalidFernetFormatting:

So that while one is rolling out new keystone nodes and syncing fernet
keys, all tokens issued would validated properly, with minimal extra
cost to support both (basically just a number of UUID tokens will need
to be parsed twice, once as Fernet, and once as UUID).

Thoughts? I think doing this would make changing the default fairly

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