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Dec 8, 2020

sops is an editor of encrypted files that supports YAML, JSON, ENV, INI and BINARY
formats and encrypts with AWS KMS, GCP KMS, Azure Key Vault and PGP.
Binaries and packages of the latest stable release are available at https://github.com/mozilla/sops/releases.
For the adventurous, unstable features are available in the develop branch, which you can install from source:
$ go get -u go.mozilla.org/sops/v3/cmd/sops
$ cd$GOPATH/src/go.mozilla.org/sops/
$ git checkout develop
$ make install
(requires Go >= 1.13)
If you don’t have Go installed, set it up with:
$ {apt,yum,brew} install golang
$ echo’export GOPATH=~/go’>>~/.bashrc
$ source~/.bashrc
$ mkdir $GOPATH
Or whatever variation of the above fits your system and shell.
To use sops as a library, take a look at the decrypt package.
What happened to Python Sops? We rewrote Sops in Go to solve a number of
deployment issues, but the Python branch still exists under python-sops. We
will keep maintaining it for a while, and you can still pip install sops,
but we strongly recommend you use the Go version instead.
For a quick presentation of Sops, check out this Youtube tutorial:
If you’re using AWS KMS, create one or multiple master keys in the IAM console
and export them, comma separated, in the SOPS_KMS_ARN env variable. It is
recommended to use at least two master keys in different regions.
export SOPS_KMS_ARN=”arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27e,arn:aws:kms:ap-southeast-1:656532927350:key/9006a8aa-0fa6-4c14-930e-a2dfb916de1d”
Your AWS credentials must be present in ~/.aws/credentials. sops uses aws-sdk-go.
$ cat ~/.aws/credentials
aws_access_key_id = AKI…..
aws_secret_access_key = mw……
If you want to use PGP, export the fingerprints of the public keys, comma
separated, in the SOPS_PGP_FP env variable.
export SOPS_PGP_FP=”85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21,E60892BB9BD89A69F759A1A0A3D652173B763E8F”
Note: you can use both PGP and KMS simultaneously.
Then simply call sops with a file path as argument. It will handle the
encryption/decryption transparently and open the cleartext file in an editor
$ sops mynewtestfile.yaml
mynewtestfile.yaml doesn’t exist, creating it.please wait while an encryption key is being generated and stored in a secure fashionfile written to mynewtestfile.yaml
Editing will happen in whatever $EDITOR is set to, or, if it’s not set, in vim.
Keep in mind that sops will wait for the editor to exit, and then try to reencrypt
the file. Some GUI editors (atom, sublime) spawn a child process and then exit
immediately. They usually have an option to wait for the main editor window to be
closed before exiting. See #127 for
more information.
The resulting encrypted file looks like this:
myapp1: ENC[AES256_GCM,data:Tr7o=,iv:1=,aad:No=,tag:k=]app2:
user: ENC[AES256_GCM,data:CwE4O1s=,iv:2k=,aad:o=,tag:w==]password: ENC[AES256_GCM,data:p673w==,iv:YY=,aad:UQ=,tag:A=]# private key for secret operations in app2key: - ENC[AES256_GCM,data:Ea3kL5O5U8=,iv:DM=,aad:FKA=,tag:EA==]an_array:
– ENC[AES256_GCM,data:v8jQ=,iv:HBE=,aad:21c=,tag:gA==]
– ENC[AES256_GCM,data:X10=,iv:o8=,aad:CQ=,tag:Hw==]
– ENC[AES256_GCM,data:KN=,iv:160=,aad:fI4=,tag:tNw==]sops:
– created_at: 1441570389.775376enc: CiC….Pm1Hmarn: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27e
– created_at: 1441570391.925734enc: Ci…awNxarn: arn:aws:kms:ap-southeast-1:656532927350:key/9006a8aa-0fa6-4c14-930e-a2dfb916de1dpgp:
– fp: 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21created_at: 1441570391.930042enc: —–BEGIN PGP MESSAGE—– hQIMA0t4uZHfl9qgAQ//UvGAwGePyHuf2/zayWcloGaDs0MzI+zw6CmXvMRNPUsA …=oJgS —–END PGP MESSAGE—–
A copy of the encryption/decryption key is stored securely in each KMS and PGP
block. As long as one of the KMS or PGP method is still usable, you will be able
to access your data.
To decrypt a file in a cat fashion, use the -d flag:
$ sops -d mynewtestfile.yaml
sops encrypted files contain the necessary information to decrypt their content.
All a user of sops needs is valid AWS credentials and the necessary
permissions on KMS keys.
Given that, the only command a sops user needs is:
<file> will be opened, decrypted, passed to a text editor (vim by default),
encrypted if modified, and saved back to its original location. All of these
steps, apart from the actual editing, are transparent to the user.
If you want to test sops without having to do a bunch of setup, you can use
the example files and pgp key provided with the repository:
$ git clone https://github.com/mozilla/sops.git
$ cd sops
$ gpg –import pgp/sops_functional_tests_key.asc
$ sops example.yaml
This last step will decrypt example.yaml using the test private key.
GCP KMS uses Application Default Credentials.
If you already logged in using
you can enable application default credentials using the sdk:
$ gcloud auth application-default login
Encrypting/decrypting with GCP KMS requires a KMS ResourceID. You can use the
cloud console the get the ResourceID or you can create one using the gcloud
$ gcloud kms keyrings create sops –location global
$ gcloud kms keys create sops-key –location global –keyring sops –purpose encryption
$ gcloud kms keys list –location global –keyring sops
# you should see
projects/my-project/locations/global/keyRings/sops/cryptoKeys/sops-key ENCRYPT_DECRYPT ENABLED
Now you can encrypt a file using:
$ sops –encrypt –gcp-kms projects/my-project/locations/global/keyRings/sops/cryptoKeys/sops-key test.yaml > test.enc.yaml
And decrypt it using:
$ sops –decrypt test.enc.yaml
The Azure Key Vault integration tries several authentication methods, in
this order:

  1. Client credentials
  2. Client Certificate
  3. Username Password
  4. MSI
  5. Azure CLI auth

You can force a specific authentication method through the AZURE_AUTH_METHOD
environment variable, which may be one of: clientcredentials, clientcertificate,
usernamepassword, msi, or cli (default).
For example, you can use service principals with the following environment variables:
You can create a service principal using the cli like this:
$ az ad sp create-for-rbac -n my-keyvault-sp
“appId”: “<some-uuid>”,
“displayName”: “my-keyvault-sp”,
“name”: “http://my-keyvault-sp”,
“password”: “<some-uuid>”,
“tenant”: “<tenant-id>”
The appId is the client id, and the password is the client secret.
Encrypting/decrypting with Azure Key Vault requires the resource identifier for
a key. This has the following form:
To create a Key Vault and assign your service principal permissions on it
from the commandline:
# Create a resource group if you do not have one:
$ az group create –name sops-rg –location westeurope
# Key Vault names are globally unique, so generate one:
$ keyvault_name=sops-$(uuidgen tr -d – head -c 16)# Create a Vault, a key, and give the service principal access:
$ az keyvault create –name $keyvault_name –resource-group sops-rg –location westeurope
$ az keyvault key create –name sops-key –vault-name $keyvault_name –protection software –ops encrypt decrypt
$ az keyvault set-policy –name $keyvault_name –resource-group sops-rg –spn $AZURE_CLIENT_ID \
–key-permissions encrypt decrypt
# Read the key id:
$ az keyvault key show –name sops-key –vault-name $keyvault_name –query key.kid
Now you can encrypt a file using:
$ sops –encrypt –azure-kv https://sops.vault.azure.net/keys/sops-key/some-string test.yaml > test.enc.yaml
And decrypt it using:
$ sops –decrypt test.enc.yaml
We assume you have an instance (or more) of Vault running and you have privileged access to it. For instructions on how to deploy a secure instance of Vault, refer to Hashicorp’s official documentation.
To easily deploy Vault locally: (DO NOT DO THIS FOR PRODUCTION!!!)
$ docker run -d -p8200:8200 vault:1.2.0 server -dev -dev-root-token-id=toor
$ # Substitute this with the address Vault is running on
$ export VAULT_ADDR=
$ # this may not be necessary in case you previously used `vault login` for production use
$ export VAULT_TOKEN=toor
$ # to check if Vault started and is configured correctly
$ vault status
Key Value
— —–
Seal Type shamir
Initialized true
Sealed false
Total Shares 1
Threshold 1
Version 1.2.0
Cluster Name vault-cluster-618cc902
Cluster ID e532e461-e8f0-1352-8a41-fc7c11096908
HA Enabled false
$ # It is required to enable a transit engine if not already done (It is suggested to create a transit engine specifically for sops, in which it is possible to have multiple keys with various permission levels)
$ vault secrets enable -path=sops transit
Success! Enabled the transit secrets engine at: sops/
$ # Then create one or more keys
$ vault write sops/keys/firstkey type=rsa-4096
Success! Data written to: sops/keys/firstkey
$ vault write sops/keys/secondkey type=rsa-2048
Success! Data written to: sops/keys/secondkey
$ vault write sops/keys/thirdkey type=chacha20-poly1305
Success! Data written to: sops/keys/thirdkey
$ sops –hc-vault-transit $VAULT_ADDR/v1/sops/keys/firstkey vault_example.yml
$ cat <<EOF > .sops.yamlcreation_rules: – path_regex: \.dev\.yaml$ hc_vault_transit_uri: “$VAULT_ADDR/v1/sops/keys/secondkey” – path_regex: \.prod\.yaml$ hc_vault_transit_uri: “$VAULT_ADDR/v1/sops/keys/thirdkey”EOF
$ sops –verbose -e prod/raw.yaml > prod/encrypted.yaml
When creating new files, sops uses the PGP, KMS and GCP KMS defined in the
command line arguments –kms, –pgp, –gcp-kms or –azure-kv, or from
the environment variables SOPS_KMS_ARN, SOPS_PGP_FP, SOPS_GCP_KMS_IDS,
SOPS_AZURE_KEYVAULT_URLS. That information is stored in the file under the
sops section, such that decrypting files does not require providing those
parameters again.
Master PGP and KMS keys can be added and removed from a sops file in one of
three ways:

  1. By using a .sops.yaml file and the updatekeys command.
  2. By using command line flags.
  3. By editing the file directly.

The sops team recommends the updatekeys approach.
The updatekeys command uses the .sops.yaml
configuration file to update (add or remove) the corresponding secrets in the
encrypted file. Note that the example below uses the
Block Scalar yaml construct to build a space
separated list.
– pgp: >- 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21, FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4
$ sops updatekeys test.enc.yaml
Sops will prompt you with the changes to be made. This interactivity can be
disabled by supplying the -y flag.
Command line flag –add-kms, –add-pgp, –add-gcp-kms, –add-azure-kv,
–rm-kms, –rm-pgp, –rm-gcp-kms and –rm-azure-kv can be used to add
and remove keys from a file.
These flags use the comma separated syntax as the –kms, –pgp, –gcp-kms
and –azure-kv arguments when creating new files.
Note that -r or –rotate is mandatory in this mode. Not specifying
rotate will ignore the –add-* options. Use updatekeys if you want to
add a key without rotating the data key.
# add a new pgp key to the file and rotate the data key
$ sops -r -i –add-pgp 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21 example.yaml
# remove a pgp key from the file and rotate the data key
$ sops -r -i –rm-pgp 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21 example.yaml
Alternatively, invoking sops with the flag -s will display the master keys
while editing. This method can be used to add or remove kms or pgp keys under the
sops section. Invoking sops with the -i flag will perform an in-place edit
instead of redirecting output to stdout.
For example, to add a KMS master key to a file, add the following entry while
– arn: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27e
And, similarly, to add a PGP master key, we add its fingerprint:
– fp: 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21
When the file is saved, sops will update its metadata and encrypt the data key
with the freshly added master keys. The removed entries are simply deleted from
the file.
When removing keys, it is recommended to rotate the data key using -r,
otherwise owners of the removed key may have add access to the data key in the
If you want to use a specific profile, you can do so with aws_profile:
– arn: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27eaws_profile: foo
If no AWS profile is set, default credentials will be used.
Similarly the –aws-profile flag can be set with the command line with any of the KMS commands.
SOPS has the ability to use KMS in multiple AWS accounts by assuming roles in
each account. Being able to assume roles is a nice feature of AWS that allows
administrators to establish trust relationships between accounts, typically from
the most secure account to the least secure one. In our use-case, we use roles
to indicate that a user of the Master AWS account is allowed to make use of KMS
master keys in development and staging AWS accounts. Using roles, a single file
can be encrypted with KMS keys in multiple accounts, thus increasing reliability
and ease of use.
You can use keys in various accounts by tying each KMS master key to a role that
the user is allowed to assume in each account. The IAM roles
documentation has full details on how this needs to be configured on AWS’s side.
From the point of view of sops, you only need to specify the role a KMS key
must assume alongside its ARN, as follows:
– arn: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27erole: arn:aws:iam::927034868273:role/sops-dev-xyz
The role must have permission to call Encrypt and Decrypt using KMS. An example
policy is shown below.
“Sid”: “Allow use of the key”,
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Action”: [
“Resource”: “*”,
“Principal”: {
“AWS”: [
You can specify a role in the –kms flag and SOPS_KMS_ARN variable by
appending it to the ARN of the master key, separated by a + sign:
SOPS has the ability to use AWS KMS key policy and encryption context
to refine the access control of a given KMS master key.
When creating a new file, you can specify encryption context in the
–encryption-context flag by comma separated list of key-value pairs:
$ sops –encryption-context Environment:production,Role:web-server test.dev.yaml
The format of the Encrypt Context string is <EncryptionContext Key>:<EncryptionContext Value>,<EncryptionContext Key>:<EncryptionContext Value>,…
The encryption context will be stored in the file metadata and does
not need to be provided at decryption.
Encryption contexts can be used in conjunction with KMS Key Policies to define
roles that can only access a given context. An example policy is shown below:
“Effect”: “Allow”,
“Principal”: {
“AWS”: “arn:aws:iam::111122223333:role/RoleForExampleApp”
“Action”: “kms:Decrypt”,
“Resource”: “*”,
“Condition”: {
“StringEquals”: {
“kms:EncryptionContext:AppName”: “ExampleApp”,
“kms:EncryptionContext:FilePath”: “/var/opt/secrets/”
It is recommended to renew the data key on a regular basis. sops supports key
rotation via the -r flag. Invoking it on an existing file causes sops to
reencrypt the file with a new data key, which is then encrypted with the various
KMS and PGP master keys defined in the file.
It is often tedious to specify the –kms–gcp-kms and –pgp parameters for creation
of all new files. If your secrets are stored under a specific directory, like a
git repository, you can create a .sops.yaml configuration file at the root
directory to define which keys are used for which filename.
Let’s take an example:

  • file named something.dev.yaml should use one set of KMS A
  • file named something.prod.yaml should use another set of KMS B
  • other files use a third set of KMS C
  • all live under mysecretrepo/something.{dev,prod,gcp}.yaml

Under those circumstances, a file placed at mysecretrepo/.sops.yaml
can manage the three sets of configurations for the three types of files:
# creation rules are evaluated sequentially, the first match winscreation_rules:
# upon creation of a file that matches the pattern *.dev.yaml,# KMS set A is used
– path_regex: \.dev\.yaml$kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’# prod files use KMS set B in the PROD IAM
– path_regex: \.prod\.yaml$kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod,arn:aws:kms:eu-central-1:361527076523:key/cb1fab90-8d17-42a1-a9d8-334968904f94+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’hc_vault_uris: “http://localhost:8200/v1/sops/keys/thirdkey”# gcp files using GCP KMS
– path_regex: \.gcp\.yaml$gcp_kms: projects/mygcproject/locations/global/keyRings/mykeyring/cryptoKeys/thekey# Finally, if the rules above have not matched, this one is a# catchall that will encrypt the file using KMS set C# The absence of a path_regex means it will match everything
– kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:142069644989:key/846cfb17-373d-49b9-8baf-f36b04512e47,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’
When creating any file under mysecretrepo, whether at the root or under
a subdirectory, sops will recursively look for a .sops.yaml file. If one is
found, the filename of the file being created is compared with the filename
regexes of the configuration file. The first regex that matches is selected,
and its KMS and PGP keys are used to encrypt the file. It should be noted that
the looking up of .sops.yaml is from the working directory (CWD) instead of
the directory of the encrypting file (see Issue 242).
The path_regex checks the full path of the encrypting file. Here is another example:

  • files located under directory development should use one set of KMS A
  • files located under directory production should use another set of KMS B
  • other files use a third set of KMS C

# upon creation of a file under development,# KMS set A is used
– path_regex: .*/development/.*kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’# prod files use KMS set B in the PROD IAM
– path_regex: .*/production/.*kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod,arn:aws:kms:eu-central-1:361527076523:key/cb1fab90-8d17-42a1-a9d8-334968904f94+arn:aws:iam::361527076523:role/hiera-sops-prod’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’# other files use KMS set C
– kms: ‘arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:142069644989:key/846cfb17-373d-49b9-8baf-f36b04512e47,arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:361527076523:key/5052f06a-5d3f-489e-b86c-57201e06f31e’pgp: ‘FBC7B9E2A4F9289AC0C1D4843D16CEE4A27381B4’
Creating a new file with the right keys is now as simple as
$ sops <newfile>.prod.yaml
Note that the configuration file is ignored when KMS or PGP parameters are
passed on the sops command line or in environment variables.
sops checks for the SOPS_GPG_EXEC environment variable. If specified,
it will attempt to use the executable set there instead of the default
of gpg.
Example: place the following in your ~/.bashrc
SOPS_GPG_EXEC = ‘your_gpg_client_wrapper’
By default, sops uses the key server keys.openpgp.org to retrieve the GPG
keys that are not present in the local keyring.
This is no longer configurable. You can learn more about why from this write-up: [SKS Keyserver Network Under Attack](https://gist.github.com/rjhansen/67ab921ffb4084c865b3618d6955275f).
Example: place the following in your ~/.bashrc
SOPS_GPG_KEYSERVER = ‘gpg.example.com’
By default, sops encrypts the data key for a file with each of the master keys,
such that if any of the master keys is available, the file can be decrypted.
However, it is sometimes desirable to require access to multiple master keys
in order to decrypt files. This can be achieved with key groups.
When using key groups in sops, data keys are split into parts such that keys from
multiple groups are required to decrypt a file. sops uses Shamir’s Secret Sharing
to split the data key such that each key group has a fragment, each key in the
key group can decrypt that fragment, and a configurable number of fragments (threshold)
are needed to decrypt and piece together the complete data key. When decrypting a
file using multiple key groups, sops goes through key groups in order, and in
each group, tries to recover the fragment of the data key using a master key from
that group. Once the fragment is recovered, sops moves on to the next group,
until enough fragments have been recovered to obtain the complete data key.
By default, the threshold is set to the number of key groups. For example, if
you have three key groups configured in your SOPS file and you don’t override
the default threshold, then one master key from each of the three groups will
be required to decrypt the file.
Management of key groups is done with the sops groups command.
For example, you can add a new key group with 3 PGP keys and 3 KMS keys to the
file my_file.yaml:
$ sops groups add –file my_file.yaml –pgp fingerprint1 –pgp fingerprint2 –pgp fingerprint3 –kms arn1 –kms arn2 –kms arn3
Or you can delete the 1st group (group number 0, as groups are zero-indexed)
from my_file.yaml:
$ sops groups delete –file my_file.yaml 0
Key groups can also be specified in the .sops.yaml config file,
like so:
– path_regex: .*keygroups.*key_groups:
# First key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint1
– fingerprint2kms:
– arn: arn1role: role1context:
foo: bar
– arn: arn2# Second key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint3
– fingerprint4kms:
– arn: arn3
– arn: arn4# Third key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint5
Given this configuration, we can create a new encrypted file like we normally
would, and optionally provide the –shamir-secret-sharing-threshold command line
flag if we want to override the default threshold. sops will then split the data
key into three parts (from the number of key groups) and encrypt each fragment with
the master keys found in each group.
For example:
$ sops –shamir-secret-sharing-threshold 2 example.json
Alternatively, you can configure the Shamir threshold for each creation rule in the .sops.yaml config
with shamir_threshold:
– path_regex: .*keygroups.*shamir_threshold: 2key_groups:
# First key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint1
– fingerprint2kms:
– arn: arn1role: role1context:
foo: bar
– arn: arn2# Second key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint3
– fingerprint4kms:
– arn: arn3
– arn: arn4# Third key group
– pgp:
– fingerprint5
And then run sops example.json.
The threshold (shamir_threshold) is set to 2, so this configuration will require
master keys from two of the three different key groups in order to decrypt the file.
You can then decrypt the file the same way as with any other SOPS file:
There are situations where you might want to run sops on a machine that
doesn’t have direct access to encryption keys such as PGP keys. The sops key
service allows you to forward a socket so that sops can access encryption
keys stored on a remote machine. This is similar to GPG Agent, but more
SOPS uses a client-server approach to encrypting and decrypting the data
key. By default, SOPS runs a local key service in-process. SOPS uses a key
service client to send an encrypt or decrypt request to a key service, which
then performs the operation. The requests are sent using gRPC and Protocol
Buffers. The requests contain an identifier for the key they should perform
the operation with, and the plaintext or encrypted data key. The requests do
not contain any cryptographic keys, public or private.
WARNING: the key service connection currently does not use any sort of
authentication or encryption. Therefore, it is recommended that you make sure
the connection is authenticated and encrypted in some other way, for example
through an SSH tunnel.
Whenever we try to encrypt or decrypt a data key, SOPS will try to do so first
with the local key service (unless it’s disabled), and if that fails, it will
try all other remote key services until one succeeds.
You can start a key service server by running sops keyservice.
You can specify the key services the sops binary uses with –keyservice.
This flag can be specified more than once, so you can use multiple key
services. The local key service can be disabled with
For example, to decrypt a file using both the local key service and the key
service exposed on the unix socket located in /tmp/sops.sock, you can run:
$ sops –keyservice unix:///tmp/sops.sock -d file.yaml`
And if you only want to use the key service exposed on the unix socket located
in /tmp/sops.sock and not the local key service, you can run:
$ sops –enable-local-keyservice=false –keyservice unix:///tmp/sops.sock -d file.yaml
Sometimes, users want to be able to tell what files were accessed by whom in an
environment they control. For this reason, SOPS can generate audit logs to
record activity on encrypted files. When enabled, SOPS will write a log entry
into a pre-configured PostgreSQL database when a file is decrypted. The log
includes a timestamp, the username SOPS is running as, and the file that was
In order to enable auditing, you must first create the database and credentials
using the schema found in audit/schema.sql. This schema defines the
tables that store the audit events and a role named sops that only has
permission to add entries to the audit event tables. The default password for
the role sops is sops. You should change this password.
Once you have created the database, you have to tell SOPS how to connect to it.
Because we don’t want users of SOPS to be able to control auditing, the audit
configuration file location is not configurable, and must be at
/etc/sops/audit.yaml. This file should have strict permissions such
that only the root user can modify it.
For example, to enable auditing to a PostgreSQL database named sops running
on localhost, using the user sops and the password sops,
/etc/sops/audit.yaml should have the following contents:
– connection_string: “postgres://sops:sops@localhost/sops?sslmode=verify-full”
You can find more information on the connection_string format in the
PostgreSQL docs.
Under the postgres map entry in the above YAML is a list, so one can
provide more than one backend, and SOPS will log to all of them:
– connection_string: “postgres://sops:sops@localhost/sops?sslmode=verify-full”
– connection_string: “postgres://sops:sops@remotehost/sops?sslmode=verify-full”
By default sops just dumps all the output to the standard output. We can use the
–output flag followed by a filename to save the output to the file specified.
Beware using both –in-place and –output flags will result in an error.
In addition to writing secrets to standard output and to files on disk, sops
has two commands for passing decrypted secrets to a new process: exec-env
and exec-file. These commands will place all output into the environment of
a child process and into a temporary file, respectively. For example, if a
program looks for credentials in its environment, exec-env can be used to
ensure that the decrypted contents are available only to this process and never
written to disk.
# print secrets to stdout to confirm values
$ sops -d out.json
“database_password”: “jf48t9wfw094gf4nhdf023r”,
# decrypt out.json and run a command# the command prints the environment variable and runs a script that uses it
$ sops exec-env out.json ‘echo secret: $database_password; ./database-import’
secret: jf48t9wfw094gf4nhdf023r
# launch a shell with the secrets available in its environment
$ sops exec-env out.json ‘sh’
sh-3.2# echo$database_password
# the secret is not accessible anywhere else
sh-3.2$ exit
$ echo your password: $database_password
your password:
If the command you want to run only operates on files, you can use exec-file
instead. By default sops will use a FIFO to pass the contents of the
decrypted file to the new program. Using a FIFO, secrets are only passed in
memory which has two benefits: the plaintext secrets never touch the disk, and
the child process can only read the secrets once. In contexts where this won’t
work, eg platforms like Windows where FIFOs unavailable or secret files that need
to be available to the child process longer term, the –no-fifo flag can be
used to instruct sops to use a traditional temporary file that will get cleaned
up once the process is finished executing. exec-file behaves similar to
find(1) in that {} is used as a placeholder in the command which will be
substituted with the temporary file path (whether a FIFO or an actual file).
# operating on the same file as before, but as a file this time
$ sops exec-file out.json ‘echo your temporary file: {}; cat {}’
your temporary file: /tmp/.sops894650499/tmp-file
“database_password”: “jf48t9wfw094gf4nhdf023r”,
# launch a shell with a variable TMPFILE pointing to the temporary file
$ sops exec-file –no-fifo out.json ‘TMPFILE={} sh’
sh-3.2$ echo$TMPFILE
sh-3.2$ cat $TMPFILE
“database_password”: “jf48t9wfw094gf4nhdf023r”,
sh-3.2$ ./program –config $TMPFILE
sh-3.2$ exit# try to open the temporary file from earlier
$ cat /tmp/.sops506055069/tmp-file291138648
cat: /tmp/.sops506055069/tmp-file291138648: No such file or directory
Additionally, on unix-like platforms, both exec-env and exec-file
support dropping privileges before executing the new program via the
–user <username> flag. This is particularly useful in cases where the
encrypted file is only readable by root, but the target program does not
need root privileges to function. This flag should be used where possible
for added security.
# the encrypted file can’t be read by the current user
$ cat out.json
cat: out.json: Permission denied
# execute sops as root, decrypt secrets, then drop privileges
$ sudo sops exec-env –user nobody out.json ‘sh’
sh-3.2$ echo$database_password
# dropped privileges, still can’t load the original file
sh-3.2$ id
uid=4294967294(nobody) gid=4294967294(nobody) groups=4294967294(nobody)
sh-3.2$ cat out.json
cat: out.json: Permission denied
sops publish $file publishes a file to a pre-configured destination (this lives in the sops
config file). Additionally, support re-encryption rules that work just like the creation rules.
This command requires a .sops.yaml configuration file. Below is an example:
– s3_bucket: “sops-secrets”path_regex: s3/*recreation_rule:
pgp: F69E4901EDBAD2D1753F8C67A64535C4163FB307
– gcs_bucket: “sops-secrets”path_regex: gcs/*recreation_rule:
pgp: F69E4901EDBAD2D1753F8C67A64535C4163FB307
– vault_path: “sops/”vault_kv_mount_name: “secret/”# defaultvault_kv_version: 2# defaultpath_regex: vault/*omit_extensions: true
The above configuration will place all files under s3/* into the S3 bucket sops-secrets,
all files under gcs/* into the GCS bucket sops-secrets, and the contents of all files under
vault/* into Vault’s KV store under the path secrets/sops/. For the files that will be
published to S3 and GCS, it will decrypt them and re-encrypt them using the
F69E4901EDBAD2D1753F8C67A64535C4163FB307 pgp key.
You would deploy a file to S3 with a command like: sops publish s3/app.yaml
To publish all files in selected directory recursively, you need to specify –recursive flag.
If you don’t want file extension to appear in destination secret path, use –omit-extensions
flag or omit_extensions: true in the destination rule in .sops.yaml.
There are a few settings for Vault that you can place in your destination rules. The first
is vault_path, which is required. The others are optional, and they are
vault_address, vault_kv_mount_name, vault_kv_version.
sops uses the official Vault API provided by Hashicorp, which makes use of environment
variables for
configuring the client.
vault_kv_mount_name is used if your Vault KV is mounted somewhere other than secret/.
vault_kv_version supports 1 and 2, with 2 being the default.
If destination secret path already exists in Vault and contains same data as the source file, it
will be skipped.
Below is an example of publishing to Vault (using token auth with a local dev instance of Vault).
$ export VAULT_TOKEN=…
$ export VAULT_ADDR=’′
$ sops -d vault/test.yaml
example_string: bar
example_number: 42
key: value
$ sops publish vault/test.yaml
uploading /home/user/sops_directory/vault/test.yaml to ? (y/n): y
$ vault kv get secret/sops/test.yaml
====== Metadata ======
Key Value
— —–
created_time 2019-07-11T03:32:17.074792017Z
deletion_time n/a
destroyed false
version 3
========= Data =========
Key Value
— —–
example_map map[key:value]
example_number 42
example_string bar
sops uses the file extension to decide which encryption method to use on the file
content. YAML, JSON, ENV, and INI files are treated as trees of data, and key/values are
extracted from the files to only encrypt the leaf values. The tree structure is also
used to check the integrity of the file.
Therefore, if a file is encrypted using a specific format, it need to be decrypted
in the same format. The easiest way to achieve this is to conserve the original file
extension after encrypting a file. For example:
$ sops -e -i myfile.json
$ sops -d myfile.json
If you want to change the extension of the file once encrypted, you need to provide
sops with the –input-type flag upon decryption. For example:
$ sops -e myfile.json > myfile.json.enc
$ sops -d –input-type json myfile.json.enc
When operating on stdin, use the –input-type and –output-type flags as follows:
$ cat myfile.json sops –input-type json –output-type json -d /dev/stdin
sops only supports a subset of YAML’s many types. Encrypting YAML files that
contain strings, numbers and booleans will work fine, but files that contain anchors
will not work, because the anchors redefine the structure of the file at load time.
This file will not work in sops:
bill-to: &id001street: 123 Tornado Alley Suite 16city: East Centervillestate: KSship-to: *id001
sops uses the path to a value as additional data in the AEAD encryption, and thus
dynamic paths generated by anchors break the authentication step.
JSON and TEXT file types do not support anchors and thus have no such limitation.
YAML supports having more than one “document” in a single file, while
formats like JSON do not. sops is able to handle both. This means the
following multi-document will be encrypted as expected:

data: foo

data: bar
Note that the sops metadata, i.e. the hash, etc, is computed for the physical
file rather than each internal “document”.
YAML and JSON top-level arrays are not supported, because sops
needs a top-level sops key to store its metadata.
This file will not work in sops:

– some
– array
– elements
But this one will because because the sops key can be added at the same level as the
data key.
– some
– array
– elements
Similarly, with JSON arrays, this document will not work:
But this one will work just fine:
“data”: [
Take a look into the examples folder for detailed use cases of sops in a CI environment. The section below describes specific tips for common use cases.
The command below creates a new file with a data key encrypted by KMS and PGP.
$ sops –kms “arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500″ –pgp C9CAB0AF1165060DB58D6D6B2653B624D620786D /path/to/new/file.yaml
Similar to the previous command, we tell sops to use one KMS and one PGP key.
The path points to an existing cleartext file, so we give sops flag -e to
encrypt the file, and redirect the output to a destination file.
$ export SOPS_KMS_ARN=”arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:927034868273:key/fe86dd69-4132-404c-ab86-4269956b4500″
$ export SOPS_PGP_FP=”C9CAB0AF1165060DB58D6D6B2653B624D620786D”
$ sops -e /path/to/existing/file.yaml > /path/to/new/encrypted/file.yaml
Decrypt the file with -d.
$ sops -d /path/to/new/encrypted/file.yaml
Rather than redirecting the output of -e or -d, sops can replace the
original file after encrypting or decrypting it.
# file.yaml is in cleartext
$ sops -e -i /path/to/existing/file.yaml
# file.yaml is now encrypted
$ sops -d -i /path/to/existing/file.yaml
# file.yaml is back in cleartext
sops primary use case is encrypting YAML and JSON configuration files, but it
also has the ability to manage binary files. When encrypting a binary, sops will
read the data as bytes, encrypt it, store the encrypted base64 under
tree[‘data’] and write the result as JSON.
Note that the base64 encoding of encrypted data can actually make the encrypted
file larger than the cleartext one.
In-place encryption/decryption also works on binary files.
$ dd if=/dev/urandom of=/tmp/somerandom bs=1024
512+0 records in
512+0 records out
524288 bytes (524 kB) copied, 0.0466158 s, 11.2 MB/s
$ sha512sum /tmp/somerandom
9589bb20280e9d381f7a192000498c994e921b3cdb11d2ef5a986578dc2239a340b25ef30691bac72bdb14028270828dad7e8bd31e274af9828c40d216e60cbe /tmp/somerandom
$ sops -e -i /tmp/somerandom
please wait while a data encryption key is being generated and stored securely
$ sops -d -i /tmp/somerandom
$ sha512sum /tmp/somerandom
9589bb20280e9d381f7a192000498c994e921b3cdb11d2ef5a986578dc2239a340b25ef30691bac72bdb14028270828dad7e8bd31e274af9828c40d216e60cbe /tmp/somerandom
sops can extract a specific part of a YAML or JSON document, by provided the
path in the –extract command line flag. This is useful to extract specific
values, like keys, without needing an extra parser.
$ sops -d –extract ‘[“app2”][“key”]’~/git/svc/sops/example.yaml
The tree path syntax uses regular python dictionary syntax, without the
variable name. Extract keys by naming them, and array elements by numbering
$ sops -d –extract ‘[“an_array”][1]’~/git/svc/sops/example.yaml
sops can set a specific part of a YAML or JSON document, by providing
the path and value in the –set command line flag. This is useful to
set specific values, like keys, without needing an editor.
$ sops –set ‘[“app2”][“key”] “app2keystringvalue”‘~/git/svc/sops/example.yaml
The tree path syntax uses regular python dictionary syntax, without the
variable name. Set to keys by naming them, and array elements by
numbering them.
$ sops –set ‘[“an_array”][1] “secretuser2″‘~/git/svc/sops/example.yaml
The value must be formatted as json.
$ sops –set ‘[“an_array”][1] {“uid1″:null,”uid2″:1000,”uid3”:[“bob”]}’~/git/svc/sops/example.yaml
You can import sops as a module and use it in your python program.
tree=sops.load_file_into_tree(path, pathtype)
sops_key, tree=sops.get_key(tree)
tree=sops.walk_and_decrypt(tree, sops_key)
sops.write_file(tree, path=path, filetype=pathtype)
Note: this uses the previous implementation of sops written in python,
and so doesn’t support newer features such as GCP-KMS.
To use the current version, call out to sops using subprocess.run
You most likely want to store encrypted files in a version controlled repository.
Sops can be used with git to decrypt files when showing diffs between versions.
This is very handy for reviewing changes or visualizing history.
To configure sops to decrypt files during diff, create a .gitattributes file
at the root of your repository that contains a filter and a command.
*.yaml diff=sopsdiffer
Here we only care about YAML files. sopsdiffer is an arbitrary name that we map
to a sops command in the git configuration file of the repository.
$ git config diff.sopsdiffer.textconv “sops -d”
$ grep -A 1 sopsdiffer .git/config
[diff “sopsdiffer”]
textconv = “sops -d”
With this in place, calls to git diff will decrypt both previous and current
versions of the target file prior to displaying the diff. And it even works with
git client interfaces, because they call git diff under the hood!
Note: this only works on YAML and JSON files, not on BINARY files.
By default, sops encrypts all the values of a YAML or JSON file and leaves the
keys in cleartext. In some instances, you may want to exclude some values from
being encrypted. This can be accomplished by adding the suffix _unencrypted
to any key of a file. When set, all values underneath the key that set the
_unencrypted prefix will be left in cleartext.
Note that, while in cleartext, unencrypted content is still added to the
checksum of the file, and thus cannot be modified outside of sops without
breaking the file integrity check.
The unencrypted suffix can be set to a different value using the
–unencrypted-suffix option.
Conversely, you can opt in to only encrypt some values in a YAML or JSON file,
by adding a chosen suffix to those keys and passing it to the –encrypted-suffix option.
A third method is to use the –encrypted-regex which will only encrypt values under
keys that match the supplied regular expression. For example, this command:
$ sops –encrypt –encrypted-regex ‘^(datastringData)$’ k8s-secrets.yaml
will encrypt the values under the data and stringData keys in a YAML file
containing kubernetes secrets. It will not encrypt other values that help you to
navigate the file, like metadata which contains the secrets’ names.
Conversely, you can opt in to only left certain keys without encrypting by using the
–unencrypted-regex option, which will leave the values unencrypted of those keys
that match the supplied regular expression. For example, this command:
$ sops –encrypt –unencrypted-regex ‘^(descriptionmetadata)$’ k8s-secrets.yaml
will not encrypt the values under the description and metadata keys in a YAML file
containing kubernetes secrets, while encrypting everything else.
You can also specify these options in the .sops.yaml config file.
Note: these four options –unencrypted-suffix, –encrypted-suffix, –encrypted-regex and –unencrypted-regex are
mutually exclusive and cannot all be used in the same file.
When sops creates a file, it generates a random 256 bit data key and asks each
KMS and PGP master key to encrypt the data key. The encrypted version of the data
key is stored in the sops metadata under sops.kms and sops.pgp.
For KMS:
– enc: CiC6yCOtzsnFhkfdIslYZ0bAf//gYLYCmIu87B3sy/5yYxKnAQEBAQB4usgjrc7JxYZH3SLJWGdGwH//4GC2ApiLvOwd7Mv+cmMAAAB+MHwGCSqGSIb3DQEHBqBvMG0CAQAwaAYJKoZIhvcNAQcBMB4GCWCGSAFlAwQBLjARBAyGdRODuYMHbA8Ozj8CARCAO7opMolPJUmBXd39Zlp0L2H9fzMKidHm1vvaF6nNFq0ClRY7FlIZmTm4JfnOebPseffiXFn9tG8cq7oienc_ts: 1439568549.245995arn: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:656532927350:key/920aff2e-c5f1-4040-943a-047fa387b27e
For PGP:
– fp: 85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21created_at: 1441570391.930042enc: —–BEGIN PGP MESSAGE—– Version: GnuPG v1 hQIMA0t4uZHfl9qgAQ//UvGAwGePyHuf2/zayWcloGaDs0MzI+zw6CmXvMRNPUsA pAgRKczJmDu4+XzN+cxX5Iq9xEWIbny9B5rOjwTXT3qcUYZ4Gkzbq4MWkjuPp/Iv qO4MJaYzoH5YxC4YORQ2LvzhA2YGsCzYnljmatGEUNg01yJ6r5mwFwDxl4Nc80Cn RwnHuGExK8j1jYJZu/juK1qRbuBOAuruIPPWVdFB845PA7waacG1IdUW3ZtBkOy3 O0BIfG2ekRg0Nik6sTOhDUA+l2bewCcECI8FYCEjwHm9Sg5cxmP2V5m1mby+uKAm kewaoOyjbmV1Mh3iI1b/AQMr+/6ZE9MT2KnsoWosYamFyjxV5r1ZZM7cWKnOT+tu KOvGhTV1TeOfVpajNTNwtV/Oyh3mMLQ0F0HgCTqomQVqw5+sj7OWAASuD3CU/dyo pcmY5Qe0TNL1JsMNEH8LJDqSh+E0hsUxdY1ouVsg3ysf6mdM8ciWb3WRGxih1Vmf unfLy8Ly3V7ZIC8EHV8aLJqh32jIZV4i2zXIoO4ZBKrudKcECY1C2+zb/TziVAL8 qyPe47q8gi1rIyEv5uirLZjgpP+JkDUgoMnzlX334FZ9pWtQMYW4Y67urAI4xUq6 /q1zBAeHoeeeQK+YKDB7Ak/Y22YsiqQbNp2n4CKSKAE4erZLWVtDvSp+49SWmS/S XgGi+13MaXIp0ecPKyNTBjF+NOw/I3muyKr8EbDHrd2XgIT06QXqjYLsCb1TZ0zm xgXsOTY3b+ONQ2zjhcovanDp7/k77B+gFitLYKg4BLZsl7gJB12T8MQnpfSmRT4= =oJgS —–END PGP MESSAGE—–
sops then opens a text editor on the newly created file. The user adds data to the
file and saves it when done.
Upon save, sops browses the entire file as a key/value tree. Every time sops
encounters a leaf value (a value that does not have children), it encrypts the
value with AES256_GCM using the data key and a 256 bit random initialization
Each file uses a single data key to encrypt all values of a document, but each
value receives a unique initialization vector and has unique authentication data.
Additional data is used to guarantee the integrity of the encrypted data
and of the tree structure: when encrypting the tree, key names are concatenated
into a byte string that is used as AEAD additional data (aad) when encrypting
values. We expect that keys do not carry sensitive information, and
keeping them in cleartext allows for better diff and overall readability.
Any valid KMS or PGP master key can later decrypt the data key and access the
Multiple master keys allow for sharing encrypted files without sharing master
keys, and provide a disaster recovery solution. The recommended way to use sops
is to have two KMS master keys in different regions and one PGP public key with
the private key stored offline. If, by any chance, both KMS master keys are
lost, you can always recover the encrypted data using the PGP private key.
In addition to authenticating branches of the tree using keys as additional
data, sops computes a MAC on all the values to ensure that no value has been
added or removed fraudulently. The MAC is stored encrypted with AES_GCM and
the data key under tree->`sops`->`mac`.
Automating the distribution of secrets and credentials to components of an
infrastructure is a hard problem. We know how to encrypt secrets and share them
between humans, but extending that trust to systems is difficult. Particularly
when these systems follow devops principles and are created and destroyed
without human intervention. The issue boils down to establishing the initial
trust of a system that just joined the infrastructure, and providing it access
to the secrets it needs to configure itself.
In many infrastructures, even highly dynamic ones, the initial trust is
established by a human. An example is seen in Puppet by the way certificates are
issued: when a new system attempts to join a Puppetmaster, an administrator
must, by default, manually approve the issuance of the certificate the system
needs. This is cumbersome, and many puppetmasters are configured to auto-sign
new certificates to work around that issue. This is obviously not recommended
and far from ideal.
AWS provides a more flexible approach to trusting new systems. It uses a
powerful mechanism of roles and identities. In AWS, it is possible to verify
that a new system has been granted a specific role at creation, and it is
possible to map that role to specific resources. Instead of trusting new systems
directly, the administrator trusts the AWS permission model and its automation
infrastructure. As long as AWS keys are safe, and the AWS API is secure, we can
assume that trust is maintained and systems are who they say they are.
Using the AWS trust model, we can create fine grained access controls to
Amazon’s Key Management Service (KMS). KMS is a service that encrypts and
decrypts data with AES_GCM, using keys that are never visible to users of the
service. Each KMS master key has a set of role-based access controls, and
individual roles are permitted to encrypt or decrypt using the master key. KMS
helps solve the problem of distributing keys, by shifting it into an access
control problem that can be solved using AWS’s trust model.
When Mozilla’s Services Operations team started revisiting the issue of
distributing secrets to EC2 instances, we set a goal to store these secrets
encrypted until the very last moment, when they need to be decrypted on target
systems. Not unlike many other organizations that operate sufficiently complex
automation, we found this to be a hard problem with a number of prerequisites:

  1. Secrets must be stored in YAML files for easy integration into hiera
  2. Secrets must be stored in GIT, and when a new CloudFormation stack is
    built, the current HEAD is pinned to the stack. (This allows secrets to
    be changed in GIT without impacting the current stack that may
  3. Entries must be encrypted separately. Encrypting entire files as blobs makes
    git conflict resolution almost impossible. Encrypting each entry
    separately is much easier to manage.
  4. Secrets must always be encrypted on disk (admin laptop, upstream
    git repo, jenkins and S3) and only be decrypted on the target

SOPS can be used to encrypt YAML, JSON and BINARY files. In BINARY mode, the
content of the file is treated as a blob, the same way PGP would encrypt an
entire file. In YAML and JSON modes, however, the content of the file is
manipulated as a tree where keys are stored in cleartext, and values are
encrypted. hiera-eyaml does something similar, and over the years we learned
to appreciate its benefits, namely:

  • diffs are meaningful. If a single value of a file is modified, only that
    value will show up in the diff. The diff is still limited to only showing
    encrypted data, but that information is already more granular that
    indicating that an entire file has changed.
  • conflicts are easier to resolve. If multiple users are working on the
    same encrypted files, as long as they don’t modify the same values,
    changes are easy to merge. This is an improvement over the PGP
    encryption approach where unsolvable conflicts often happen when
    multiple users work on the same file.

OpenPGP gets a lot of bad press for being an outdated crypto protocol, and while
true, what really made us look for alternatives is the difficulty of managing and
distributing keys to systems. With KMS, we manage permissions to an API, not keys,
and that’s a lot easier to do.
But PGP is not dead yet, and we still rely on it heavily as a backup solution:
all our files are encrypted with KMS and with one PGP public key, with its
private key stored securely for emergency decryption in the event that we lose
all our KMS master keys.
SOPS can be used without KMS entirely, the same way you would use an encrypted
PGP file: by referencing the pubkeys of each individual who has access to the file.
It can easily be done by providing sops with a comma-separated list of public keys
when creating a new file:
$ sops –pgp “E60892BB9BD89A69F759A1A0A3D652173B763E8F,84050F1D61AF7C230A12217687DF65059EF093D3,85D77543B3D624B63CEA9E6DBC17301B491B3F21” mynewfile.yaml
The security of the data stored using sops is as strong as the weakest
cryptographic mechanism. Values are encrypted using AES256_GCM which is the
strongest symmetric encryption algorithm known today. Data keys are encrypted
in either KMS, which also uses AES256_GCM, or PGP which uses either RSA or
ECDSA keys.
Going from the most likely to the least likely, the threats are as follows:
An attacker with access to an AWS console can grant itself access to one of
the KMS master keys used to encrypt a sops data key. This threat should be
mitigated by protecting AWS accesses with strong controls, such as multi-factor
authentication, and also by performing regular audits of permissions granted
to AWS users.
PGP keys are routinely mishandled, either because owners copy them from
machine to machine, or because the key is left forgotten on an unused machine
an attacker gains access to. When using PGP encryption, sops users should take
special care of PGP private keys, and store them on smart cards or offline
as often as possible.
sops doesn’t apply any restriction on the size or type of PGP keys. A weak PGP
keys, for example 512 bits RSA, could be factorized by an attacker to gain
access to the private key and decrypt the data key. Users of sops should rely
on strong keys, such as 2048+ bits RSA keys, or 256+ bits ECDSA keys.
A vulnerability in AES256_GCM could potentially leak the data key or the KMS
master key used by a sops encrypted file. While no such vulnerability exists
today, we recommend that users keep their encrypted files reasonably private.
sops will remain backward compatible on the major version, meaning that all
improvements brought to the 1.X and 2.X branches (current) will maintain the
file format introduced in 1.0.
Please report security issues to jvehent at mozilla dot com, or by using one
of the contact method available on keybase: https://keybase.io/jvehent
Mozilla Public License Version 2.0
The core team is composed of:

  • Adrian Utrilla @autrilla
  • Julien Vehent @jvehent
  • AJ Banhken @ajvb

And a whole bunch of contributors
sops was inspired by hiera-eyaml,
credstash ,
password store and too many years managing
PGP encrypted files by hand…