3.1.21. Secrets

class SecretDetails(object):

    def __init__(self, source, key, value):

A secretDetails is a python object initialized with a provider name, a key and a value. Each parameter is an object property.

secretdetail = SecretDetails("SourceProvider", "myKey", "myValue")

A Secret is defined by a key associated to a value, returned from a provider. Secrets returned by providers are stored in a secretDetails object.

3.1.22. Secrets manager

The manager is a Buildbot service manager.

secretsService = self.master.namedServices['secrets']
secretDetailsList = secretsService.get(self.secrets)

The service executes a get method. Depending on the kind of storage chosen and declared in the configuration, the manager gets the selected provider and returns a list of secretDetails.

3.1.23. Secrets providers

The secrets providers are implementing the specific getters, related to the storage chosen. File provider

c['secretsProviders'] = [secrets.SecretInAFile(dirname="/path/toSecretsFiles")]

In the master configuration the provider is instantiated through a Buildbot service secret manager with the file directory path. File secrets provider reads the file named by the key wanted by Buildbot and returns the contained text value (removing trailing newlines if present). SecretInAFile provider allows Buildbot to read secrets in the secret directory. Vault provider

c['secretsProviders'] = [secrets.SecretInVault(vaultToken=open('VAULT_TOKEN').read(),

In the master configuration, the provider is instantiated through a Buildbot service secret manager with the Vault token and the Vault server address. Vault secrets provider accesses the Vault backend asking the key wanted by Buildbot and returns the contained text value. SecretInVAult provider allows Buildbot to read secrets in the Vault. Interpolate secret

text = Interpolate("some text and %(secret:foo)s")

Secret keys are replaced in a string by the secret value using the class Interpolate and the keyword secret. The secret is searched across the providers defined in the master configuration. Secret Obfuscation

text = Interpolate("some text and %(secret:foo)s")
# some text rendered
rendered = yield self.build.render(text)
cleantext = self.build.build_status.properties.cleanupTextFromSecrets(rendered)

Secrets don’t have to be visible to the normal user via logs and thus are transmitted directly to the workers. Secrets are rendered and can arrive anywhere in the logs. The function cleanupTextFromSecrets defined in the class Properties helps to replace the secret value by the key value.

print("the example value is:%s" % (cleantext))
>> the example value is: <foo>

Secret is rendered and it is recorded in a dictionary, named _used_secrets, where the key is the secret value and the value the secret key. Therefore anywhere logs are written having content with secrets, the secrets are replaced by the value from _used_secrets. How to use a secret in a BuildbotService

Service configurations are loaded during a Buildbot start or modified during a Buildbot restart. Secrets are used like renderables in a service and are rendered during the configuration load.

class MyService(BuildbotService):
  secrets = ['foo', 'other']

secrets is a list containing all the secret keys that can be used as class attributes. When the service is loaded during the Buildbot reconfigService function, secrets are rendered and the values are updated. Everywhere the variable with the secret name (foo or other in the example) is used, the class attribute value is replaced by the secret value. This is similar to the “renderable” annotation, but will only works for BuildbotServices, and will only interpolate secrets. Others renderables can still be held in the service as attributes, and rendered dynamically at a later time.

class MyService(object):
  secrets = ['foo', 'other']

myService = MyService()

After a Buildbot reconfigService:

print("myService returns secret value:", myService.foo))
>> myService returns secret value bar