"shush" is a small tool that can be used to encrypt and decrypt secrets, using the AWS "Key Management Service" (KMS).
Encrypt secrets like this:
shush encrypt KEY-ID-OR-ALIAS < secret.txt > secret.encrypted
The output of
encrypt is Base64-encoded ciphertext.
KEY-ID-OR-ALIAS can be the id or ARN of a KMS master key, or alias prefixed by "alias/", or simply just the alias.
Plaintext input can also be provided on the command-line, e.g.
shush encrypt KEY-ID 'this is a secret' > secret.encrypted
encrypt will automatically remove leading and trailing whitespace from the plaintext. This can be especially useful when piping input from commands which always leave a trailing newline.
shush encrypt -t KEY_ID ' I don't really need this whitespace ' > secret.encrypted
Encrypted secrets are easy to decrypt, like this:
shush decrypt < secret.encrypted > secret.txt
There's no need to specify a KEY-ID here, as it's encoded in the ciphertext.
Finding the key that was used
If you want to see the ARN of the key used to encrypt the secret, add the
shush decrypt --print-key < secret.encrypted
Credentials and region
Appropriate AWS credentials must be provided by one of the mechanisms supported by aws-sdk-go, e.g. environment variables, or EC2 instance profile.
When used within EC2,
shush selects the appropriate region automatically.
Outside EC2, you'll need to specify it, via
--region or by setting
"shush" supports KMS encryption contexts, which may be used to scope use of a key. The same encryption context must be provided when encrypting and decrypting.
shush --context app=myapp encrypt KEY-ID secret.txt > secret.encrypted shush --context app=myapp decrypt < secret.encrypted > secret.txt
"shush" can only encrypt small amounts of data; up to 4 KB.
Use as a command shim
"shush exec" is a command shim that makes it easy to use secrets transported
via the (Unix) process environment. It decrypts any environment variables
prefixed by "
KMS_ENCRYPTED_", and executes a specified command.
$ export KMS_ENCRYPTED_DB_PASSWORD=$(shush encrypt alias/app-secrets 'seasame') $ shush exec -- env | grep PASSWORD KMS_ENCRYPTED_DB_PASSWORD=CiAbQLOo2VC4QTV/Ng986wsDSJ0srAe6oZnLyzRT6pDFWRKOAQEBAgB4G0CzqNlQuEE1fzYPfOsLA0idLKwHuqGZy8s0U+qQxVkAAABlMGMGCSqGSIb3DQEHBqBWMFQCAQAwTwYJKoZIhvcNAQcBMB4GCWCGSAFlAwQBLjARBAzfFR0tsHRq18JUhMcCARCAImvuMNYuHUut3BT7sZs9a31qWcmOBUBXYEsD+kx2GxUxBPE= DB_PASSWORD=seasame
In this example, "shush exec":
$KMS_ENCRYPTED_DB_PASSWORDin the environment
- decrypted the contents
- put the result in
"shush exec" works well as an entrypoint for Docker images, e.g.
# Include "shush" to decode KMS_ENCRYPTED_STUFF RUN curl -sL -o /usr/local/bin/shush \ https://github.com/realestate-com-au/shush/releases/download/v1.4.0/shush_linux_amd64 \ && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/shush ENTRYPOINT ["/usr/local/bin/shush", "exec", "--"]
Binaries for official releases may be downloaded from the releases page on GitHub.
If you want to compile it from source, try:
$ go get github.com/realestate-com-au/shush
For Unix/Linux users, you can install
shush using the following command. You may want to change the version number in the command below from
v1.4.0 to whichever version you want:
curl -sL -o /usr/local/bin/shush \ https://github.com/realestate-com-au/shush/releases/download/v1.4.0/shush_linux_amd64 \ && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/shush
Encrypt a password
Encrypt user input:
echo -n "Enter password: " ENCRYPTED_PASSWORD=$(shush encrypt alias/app-secrets)
some-command --password $(shush decrypt "$ENCRYPTED_PASSWORD")
Bulk encryption of secrets
Encrypt some environment variables, as though they were arguments to
shush encrypt alias/app-secrets 'FOO=1 BAR=2' > secrets
env $(shush decrypt < secrets) some-command
If you dislike 8Gb binary files, and happen to have a Ruby interpreter handy, "ssssh" is a drop-in replacement for "shush":
Or, you can just use
base64, and the AWS CLI:
base64 -d < secrets.encrypted > /tmp/secrets.bin aws kms decrypt --ciphertext-blob fileb:///tmp/secrets.bin --output text --query Plaintext | base64 -d > secrets.txt
Releasing a new version
Please see docs/releasing.md
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