/sys/generate-root

The /sys/generate-root endpoint is used to create a new root key for Vault.

Read Root Generation Progress

This endpoint reads the configuration and process of the current root generation attempt.

MethodPath
GET/sys/generate-root/attempt

Sample Request

$ curl \
    http://127.0.0.1:8200/v1/sys/generate-root/attempt

Sample Response

{
  "started": true,
  "nonce": "2dbd10f1-8528-6246-09e7-82b25b8aba63",
  "progress": 1,
  "required": 3,
  "encoded_token": "",
  "pgp_fingerprint": "",
  "otp_length": 24,
  "complete": false
}

If a root generation is started, progress is how many unseal keys have been provided for this generation attempt, where required must be reached to complete. The nonce for the current attempt and whether the attempt is complete is also displayed.

If a PGP key is being used to encrypt the final root token, its fingerprint will be returned.

If an OTP is being used to encode the final root token it will be returned only once, on the response to the start request.

The OTP is a base62 string, with length of otp_length. The raw bytes (char codes) of the token will be XOR'd with this value before being returned as a response to the final unseal key, encoded as base64.

Start Root Token Generation

This endpoint initializes a new root generation attempt. Only a single root generation attempt can take place at a time.

MethodPath
PUT/sys/generate-root/attempt

Parameters

  • pgp_key (string: <optional>) – Specifies a base64-encoded PGP public key. The raw bytes of the token will be encrypted with this value before being returned to the final unseal key provider.

Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request PUT \
    http://127.0.0.1:8200/v1/sys/generate-root/attempt

Sample Response

{
  "started": true,
  "nonce": "2dbd10f1-8528-6246-09e7-82b25b8aba63",
  "progress": 1,
  "required": 3,
  "encoded_token": "",
  "otp": "2vPFYG8gUSW9npwzyvxXMug0",
  "otp_length": 24,
  "complete": false
}

Cancel Root Generation

This endpoint cancels any in-progress root generation attempt. This clears any progress made. This must be called to change the OTP or PGP key being used.

MethodPath
DELETE/sys/generate-root/attempt

Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request DELETE \
    http://127.0.0.1:8200/v1/sys/generate-root/attempt

Provide Key Share to Generate Root

This endpoint is used to enter a single master key share to progress the root generation attempt. If the threshold number of master key shares is reached, Vault will complete the root generation and issue the new token. Otherwise, this API must be called multiple times until that threshold is met. The attempt nonce must be provided with each call.

MethodPath
PUT/sys/generate-root/update

Parameters

  • key (string: <required>) – Specifies a single master key share.

  • nonce (string: <required>) – Specifies the nonce of the attempt.

Sample Payload

{
  "key": "acbd1234",
  "nonce": "ad235"
}

Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request PUT \
    --data @payload.json \
    http://127.0.0.1:8200/v1/sys/generate-root/update

Sample Response

This returns a JSON-encoded object indicating the attempt nonce, and completion status, and the encoded root token, if the attempt is complete.

{
  "started": true,
  "nonce": "2dbd10f1-8528-6246-09e7-82b25b8aba63",
  "progress": 3,
  "required": 3,
  "pgp_fingerprint": "",
  "complete": true,
  "encoded_token": "FPzkNBvwNDeFh4SmGA8c+w=="
}