1. Ensure that the PingFederate server has a supported Java virtual machine (JVM) installed.
    For more information, see Installing Java.
  2. Install and configure your Thales Luna Network HSM, including the optional JSP package for Java, according to Thales's instructions.
    This includes creating a partition, creating a Network Trust Link (NTL), and assigning a client to a partition.
    1. Ensure the operation of the vtl verify command to indicate secure and proper communication with the HSM.
    2. Delete any unnecessary keys or objects created while testing communication to the HSM from the host running PingFederate.
    3. For your PingFederate installation, record the password used to open communication to the HSM through the NTL.
  3. To enable the Java interface, copy the Luna library and program files to the Java installation as follows.
    Operating system Steps
    Windows Copy the LunaAPI.dll and LunaProvider.jar files from the LUNA_HOME/jsp/lib directory to the <pf_install>/pingfederate/startup directory.
    Linux Copy the libLunaAPI.so and LunaProvider.jar files from the LUNA_HOME/jsp/lib directory to the <pf_install>/pingfederate/startup directory.

    Prior to installing PingFederate, Thales provides sample Java applications to test that the Java HSM interface works. For more information, see the HSM documentation from Thales.

  4. Update the java.security file in your Java environment by inserting LunaProvider after SunJCE, and then moving SunRsaSign and SunEC below LunaProvider. Ensure that the providers are numbered sequentially after your changes.
    • If the node uses Java 8, the java.security file is in the JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security directory. Here's an example of an updated file for Java 8:
      # List of providers and their preference orders (see above):
    • If the node uses Java 11, the java.security file is in the JAVA_HOME/conf/security directory. Here's an example of an updated file for Java 11:
      # List of providers and their preference orders (see above):
  5. On the network interconnected to the HSM, set up a new PingFederate installation.

    To integrate an existing PingFederate installation with your HSM, skip to the next step.

  6. Edit the <pf_install>/pingfederate/server/default/conf/service-points.conf file.
    1. Go to the # Crypto provider services section.
    2. Change the jce.manager and certificate.service service endpoints to the following:

    In clustered PingFederate environments, you must manually edit the service-points.conf file on each node because cluster replication can't replicate this change to other nodes.

  7. In com.pingidentity.crypto.LunaPartitions.xml, configure DefaultPartitionSlotOrLabel with the slot number or label associated with the HSM partition you created in step 2.
  8. Update the <pf_install>/pingfederate/bin/run.properties file.
    1. Change the value of pf.hsm.mode from OFF to LUNA.
    2. To configure a new PingFederate installation, set the value of pf.hsm.hybrid to false. When set to false, the HSM stores newly created or imported certificates.
      To configure an existing PingFederate installation, set the value to true for the flexibility to store each relevant key and certificate on the HSM or the local trust store. This allows you to transition the storage of keys and certificates to your HSM without deploying a new PingFederate environment. For more information, see Transitioning to an HSM.
  9. From the <pf_install>/pingfederate/bin directory, run the hsmpass.bat batch file for Windows or the hsmpass.sh script for Linux.
    1. Enter the NTL password when prompted. For more information, see step 2.

      This procedure securely stores the password for NTL communication to the HSM from PingFederate.


      The Thales Luna Network HSM supports configuration in a high-availability group. For more information, see the Thales distributed-installation instructions. To properly synchronize data, ensure that the HAOnly property is enabled using the vtl haAdmin –HAOnly –enable command.

  10. Repeat these steps on each node.
  11. Start the new PingFederate server or restart the existing PingFederate server.

    Whenever you restart the Luna HSM, Thales recommends you also restart dependent processes such as PingFederate and all server nodes in a cluster.