V2 Multi-Datacenter Replication:

Deprecation Warning

v2 Multi-Datacenter Replication is deprecated and will be removed in a future version. Please use v3 instead.


Riak REPL SSL support consists of the following items:

  • Encryption of replication data
  • SSL certificate chain validation
  • SSL common name whitelisting support

SSL Configuration

To configure SSL, you will need to include the following four settings in the riak-repl section of your advanced.config:

{riak-repl, [
             % ...
             {ssl_enabled, true},
             {certfile, "/full/path/to/site1-cert.pem"},
             {keyfile, "/full/path/to/site1-key.pem"},
             {cacertdir, "/full/path/to/cacertsdir"}
             % ...

The cacertdir is a directory containing all of the CA certificates needed to verify the CA chain back to the root.

Verifying Peer Certificates

Verification of a peer’s certificate common name (CN) is enabled by using the peer_common_name_acl property in the riak_repl section of your advanced.config to specify an Access Control List (ACL).

The ACL is a list of one or more patterns, separated by commas. Each pattern may be either the exact CN of a certificate to allow, or a wildcard in the form *.some.domain.name. Pattern comparison is case-insensitive, and a CN matching any of the patterns is allowed to connect.

For example, ["*.corp.com"] would match site3.corp.com but not foo.bar.corp.com or corp.com. If the ACL were ["*.corp.com", "foo.bar.corp.com"], site3.corp.com and foo.bar.corp.com would be allowed to connect, but corp.com still would not.

If no ACL (or only the special value "*") is specified, no CN filtering is performed, except as described below.

Identical Local and Peer Common Names

As a special case supporting the view that a host’s CN is a fully-qualified domain name that uniquely identifies a single network device, if the CNs of the local and peer certificates are the same, the nodes will NOT be allowed to connect.

This evaluation supercedes ACL checks, so it cannot be overridden with any setting of the peer_common_name_acl property.


The following example will only allow connections from peer certificate names like db.bashosamplecorp.com and security.bashosamplecorp.com:

{riak_repl, [
             % ...
             {peer_common_name_acl, ["db.bashosamplecorp.com", "security.bashosamplecorp.com"]}
             % ...

The following example will allow connections from peer certificate names like foo.bashosamplecorp.com or db.bashosamplecorp.com, but not a peer certificate name like db.backup.bashosamplecorp.com:

{riak_repl, [
             % ...
             {peer_common_name_acl, ["*.bashosamplecorp.com"]}
             % ...

This example will match any peer certificate name (and is the default):

{riak_repl, [
             % ...
             {peer_common_name_acl, "*"}
             % ...

SSL CA Validation

You can adjust the way CA certificates are validated by adding the following to the riak_repl section of your advanced.config:

{riak_repl, [
             % ...
             {ssl_depth, ...}
             % ...

Note: ssl_depth takes an integer parameter.

The depth specifies the maximum number of intermediate certificates that may follow the peer certificate in a valid certification path. By default, no more than one (1) intermediate certificate is allowed between the peer certificate and root CA. By definition, intermediate certificates cannot be self signed.

For example:

  • A depth of 0 indicates that the certificate must be signed directly by a root certificate authority (CA)
  • A depth of 1 indicates that the certificate may be signed by at most 1 intermediate CA’s, followed by a root CA
  • A depth of 2 indicates that the certificate may be signed by at most 2 intermediate CA’s, followed by a root CA


Replication SSL is ONLY available in Riak 1.2+.

If SSL is enabled and a connection is made to a Riak Enterprise 1.0 or 1.1 node, the connection will be denied and an error will be logged.

Self-Signed Certificates

You can generate your own CA and keys by using this guide.

Make sure that you remove the password protection from the keys you generate.