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Access tokens support cross-instance authentication through a "circle of trust" established by sharing a public certificate among all participating instances. It is up to the Service administrator to make sure that all participating instances are equipped with the certificates. This means that any instance can generate a token to be used with any other instance within the circle of trust. When a Service instance receives a REST API call authenticated by a signed token, it will use the root certificate that includes the public key to verify that its issuer is in the circle of trust. Even while running, Access is aware of any new certificates that have been added or removed.
Only non-revokable tokens can be used for authentication on a different instance from the one that created it.
Only the issuing instance can refresh a token.
Setting the Private Key and Root Certificate
It is up to the Service administrator to make sure that all participating instances are equipped with the public key (root certificate).
Access watches a directory of trusted public keys with nio WatchService and reloads the keys when it needs to verify a token.
All you need to do is to place the keys under $ACCESS_HOMEOnly a token that is expirable and r/etc/keys/trusted.
Access home layout (new entries are in bold):
For Artifactory HA installations, root certificates should to be placed under
$ARTIFACTORY_HOME/access/etc/keys/trusted in each node of a cluster.
Keypair propagation in an existing HA cluster
With High Availability clusters the private.key and root.key are propagated automatically and are updated per what it is the saved on the cluster shared database.
The steps should be made primary node, which will also print the following log entry in its
Publish changes to another access peer [http://<artifactoryNode>:<port>/access] successfully
There are several ways you can use access tokens for authentication.
An access token can be used instead of a password for basic authentication. This may be useful when you need a client (such as certain dependency managers) that only supports basic authentication to access Artifactory. In this case, it is important to access Artifactory using the same user name provided when creating the token (with
For example, to use an access token as a password to ping Artifactory you could use:
An access token can be used as a bearer token in authorization headers. This is especially useful for authenticating CI servers with Artifactory instead of using credentials, since you don't need to have a user defined in Artifactory if the group provided in
-d "member-of-groups:<GROUP>" is configured in that Artifactory instance. As a result, there is no need to manage fictitious users for your different automation tools that need access to Artifactory.
For example, to use an access token as a bearer token to ping Artifactory you could use:
Support Authentication for Non-Existing Users
One of the big advantages of access tokens is the fact that you don't have to create a user in Artifactory to use them. When creating a token, you can specify a user name that does not exist, and Artifactory will create a transient user that will only exist as long as the token is valid. This can be useful to in giving access to different tools such as a CI server coordinating a build without having to manage fake user accounts. This method is also more secure since you can assign a new token for each "job" that the external tool runs.
Artifactory Administrator Only
Note that this feature is only available for Artifactory administrator since non-admin users can only create tokens with themselves as the Subject.
Generating Expirable Tokens
By default, expirable tokens cannot be revoked, but this can be configured
When creating a token, if the token expiry is set to a value smaller than the
minimum-revocable-expiry parameter specified in the
access.config.yml configuration file
, the token will be non-revocable.
By default, the value of the
minimum-revocable-expiry parameter is set to -1 which means that any token with expiry specified cannot be revoked until it expires naturally.
You can limit the validity period of a token by setting the expiry time when generating a token. If set, the token will be valid until the expiration time will pass.
You can also set a token to be non-expirable by setting the expiry to zero, in which case it will be valid indefinitely until actively revoked.
This value is set by using the "expires_in=<VALUE_IN_SECONDS>" param when generating the token (see example in REST API section below). If not used the default value will be 3600 meaning your token will be valid for one hour.
Artifactory Administrator Only
Note that from version 6.5, only an Artifactory administrator can change the validity period of a token to any value.
Non-admin users, can only set the token validity period to a value that is equal or less than the maximum allowed value. This can be specified by setting the
artifactory.access.token.non.admin.max.expires.in parameter in the
$ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc/artifactory.system.properties file (default: 3600).
Generating Refreshable Tokens
As mentioned above, you can limit the validity period of an token by setting its expiry time. To allow extending access privileges of a token once it has expired, you can provide a refresh token which will generate a new token with the same privileges as the original one. This takes token management out of the hands of its issuer and delegates it to the user who received the token.
Who can refresh?
Only the instance (or HA cluster) that issued a refreshable token can actually refresh it.
An external user who has created a token will still be able to refresh it even if he has been removed from the external authentication server.
Generating Admin Tokens
In general, the scope for a token is defined by specifying the groups into which the token is included, however, an Artifactory administrator can also create a token with admin privileges. This can be useful for JFrog Mission Control and JFrog Xray since both of these complementary applications require admin permissions to work seamlessly with Artifactory. With this capability, when Mission Control or Xray connect to an instance of Artifactory, they can create an admin tokens and use that for authentication instead of using basic authentication with a username and password.
Any token created with expiry greater than the
minimum-revocable-expiry parameter can be revoked using the Revoke Token REST API endpoint. Note that you can only revoke a token on the instance (or cluster) that issued it unless that instance is part of an Access Federation setup (which requires an Enterprise+ license).
A token with an expiry specified will lapse automatically upon reaching its expiry period.
A token that is not expirable (i.e. it was created with its
expires_in parameter set to 0) must be actively revoked to terminate its usage.
All management of access tokens is done via REST API through the endpoints described below.
Creates an access token.
For details, refer to the JFrog Artifactory REST API documentation for Create Token.
Refresh an access token to extend its validity. If only the access token and the refresh token are provided (and no other parameters), this pair is used for authentication. If username or any other parameter is provided, then the request must be authenticated by a token that grants admin permissions.
For details, refer to the JFrog Artifactory REST API documentation for Refresh Token.
Revoke an access token
For details, refer to the JFrog Artifactory REST API documentation for Revoke Token.
Get Service ID
Provides the service ID of an Artifactory instance or cluster
For details, refer to the JFrog Artifactory REST API documentation for Get Service ID.