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In order to increase the security there is a simple templating mechanism that allows to inject variables into parameters you define that are passed to the checks.


    "type": "ssh-command",
    "input": {
        "user": "thesecurityman",
        "host": "",
        "port": 6200,
        "password": "${ENV.IWA_SECURITY_MAN_PASSWD}",
        "command": "/usr/bin/some-security-check --is-secure",
        "expected_exit_code": 0,
        "timeout": 30

Reference table

Pattern Example Description
${ENV.*} ${ENV.USER} Injects an environment variable from the host
${checkName} http Name of the currently executed check
${date} 2019-10-31T07:53:45.380307 Current date and time

Example strategy of deploying passwords with Docker Compose and Ansible

  1. Encrypt your passwords with ansible-vault
  2. Decrypt them during deployment into .env on target machine for docker-compose
  3. In docker-compose service definition pass variable explicitly from the .env file
    # variables in checks
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