Configuring TLS Security for Cloudera Manager

Transport Layer Security (TLS) provides encryption and authentication in communication between the Cloudera Manager Server and Agents. Encryption prevents snooping, and authentication helps prevent problems caused by malicious servers or agents.
Cloudera Manager supports three levels of TLS security.
  • Level 1 (Good) - This level encrypts communication between the browser and Cloudera Manager, and between Agents and the Cloudera Manager Server. See Configuring TLS Encryption Only for Cloudera Manager followed by Level 1: Configuring TLS Encryption for Cloudera Manager Agents for instructions. Level 1 encryption prevents snooping of commands and controls ongoing communication between Agents and Cloudera Manager.
  • Level 2 (Better) - This level encrypts communication between the Agents and the Server, and provides strong verification of the Cloudera Manager Server certificate by Agents. See Level 2: Configuring TLS Verification of Cloudera Manager Server by the Agents. Level 2 provides Agents with additional security by verifying trust for the certificate presented by the Cloudera Manager Server.
  • Level 3 (Best) - This includes encrypted communication between the Agents and the Server, strong verification of the Cloudera Manager Server certificate by the Agents, and authentication of Agents to the Cloudera Manager Server using self-signed or CA-signed certs. See Level 3: Configuring TLS Authentication of Agents to the Cloudera Manager Server. Level 3 TLS prevents cluster Servers from being spoofed by untrusted Agents running on a host. Cloudera recommends that you configure Level 3 TLS encryption for untrusted network environments before enabling Kerberos authentication. This provides secure communication of keytabs between the Cloudera Manager Server and verified Agents across the cluster.

For details on how HTTPS communication is handled Cloudera Manager Agents and Cloudera Management Services daemons, see HTTPS Communication in Cloudera Manager.