10.2. Configure and Run Active-MQ using Encrypted Passwords

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Configure Password Encryption

ActiveMQ allows you to encrypt passwords and store them in configuration files. To encrypt the password, perform the following steps:
  1. Run encrypt command.
    $ bin/activemq encrypt --password encrypt123 --input password1
    INFO: Using default configuration
    Encrypted text: jkS8uzTLGwAoBzxEadnG6j7vkY1GD4Zt
    Where password is a secret used by the encryptor and input is the password you want to encrypt.
    Special characters, such as $/^&, are not supported. Use only alphanumeric characters for passwords.
  2. Add the password to the configuration file. By default, the credentials are added to the $ACTIVEMQ_HOME/conf/
    The contents of the use the ENC() function to wrap encrypted passwords.
  3. Instruct the property loader to encrypt variables while loading properties to the memory.
    The property loader used for encryption is $ACTIVEMQ_HOME/examples/conf/activemq-security.xml.
    The contents of the activemq-security.xml shows the configuration that ActiveMQ uses to load encrypted passwords. The ACTIVEMQ_ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD environment variable is used to load the encryptor password. The property loads then de-crypts the password from the file.
    <bean id="environmentVariablesConfiguration" class="org.jasypt.encryption.pbe.config.EnvironmentStringPBEConfig">
      <property name="algorithm" value="PBEWithMD5AndDES" />
      <property name="passwordEnvName" value="ACTIVEMQ_ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD" />
    <bean id="configurationEncryptor" class="org.jasypt.encryption.pbe.StandardPBEStringEncryptor">
      <property name="config" ref="environmentVariablesConfiguration" />
    <bean id="propertyConfigurer" class="">
      <constructor-arg ref="configurationEncryptor" />
      <property name="location" value="file:${activemq.base}/conf/"/>
  4. Add the property to the activemq-security.xml as shown here:
        <authenticationUser username="system"
        <authenticationUser username="user"
        <authenticationUser username="guest"

Run Active-MQ using Encrypted Passwords

To run the Active-MQ broker with encrypted password configuration, follow the following steps:
  1. Set environment variable for encryption
     $ export ACTIVEMQ_ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD=encrypt123
  2. Set the AMQ broker
     $ bin/activemq start xbean:examples/conf/activemq-security.xml
  3. Reset the environment variable for encryption
    Resetting the environment is important to avoid saving passwords on your system.

Configuring the network connector

Given two brokers, Broker A and Broker B, where Broker A is configured to perform authentication, you can configure Broker B to log on to Broker A by setting the userName attribute and the password attribute in the networkConnector element, as follows:
<beans ...>
    <broker ...>
            <networkConnector name="BrokerABridge"

If Broker A is configured to connect to Broker B, Broker A's networkConnector element must also be configured with username/password credentials, even if Broker B is not configured to perform authentication. This is because Broker A's authentication plug-in checks for Broker A's username.
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