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Status Planned for future release
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 20, 2023

Allow securing IBM Automation Foundation Kafka routes by customer-provided certificates

Customer is using a CP4BA cluster and a standalone ODM embedded in Cloudera. The standalone ODM sends events to CP4BA Business Automation Insights via the IBM Automation Foundation (IAF) Kafka route exposed by CP4BA.  The default security mechanism for IAF Kafka instance uses a self-signed certificate and this is breaking the security audit rules for the customer which requires all communications to be protected by the certificates signed by customer's own root and intermediate CA chain.

The only currently supported mechanism in CP4BA to secure the IAF Kafka route by customer-provided certificate requires configuration of a custom Issuer for IBM Certificate Manager framework to dynamically generate a leaf cert protecting Kafka endpoint. However this mechanism is not acceptable to the customer either as such custom Issuer would need to be configured as an instance of the Intertim CA including private key for Interim CA so it can generate and sign leaf certificates on demand. The customer security rules do not allow deploying private keys for Interim CA in CP4BA environments.

The ask is to enable a configuration option in AutomationBase CR or similar to specify a customer-provided leaf certificate alreafy issued and signed by customer CA chain, similar to how custom certs are specified via a secret in all other Cloud pak endpoints 

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jan 24, 2024

    The customer is on CP4BA 21.0.3

  • Admin
    Gyanendra Rathor
    Jan 24, 2024

    Thank you for sharing insights into your current environment, leveraging CP4BA in conjunction with a standalone ODM embedded in Cloudera. To ensure we align our support and future enhancements effectively, could you kindly provide details regarding the specific version of CP4BA you are currently utilizing?