Secret management is one of the core use cases for Vault. Today, many organizations have credentials hard coded in source code, littered throughout configuration files and configuration management tools, and stored in plaintext in version control, wikis, and shared volumes. Vault provides a central place to store these credentials, ensuring they are encrypted, access is audit logged, and exposed only to authorized clients.
Achieving this centralization is a huge improvement in security posture, but its not the end of the journey. This is because applications don’t keep secrets! It turns out, most applications do a worse job keeping secrets than our close friends. Applications frequently log configuration, leaving them in log files or centralized logging systems. Often secrets will be captured in exception tracebacks or crash reports sent to external monitoring systems, or they will be leaked via debugging endpoints and diagnostic pages after hitting an error. The list of ways
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