Using the ASE command line interface, you can obfuscate keys and passwords configured in ase.conf, cluster.conf, and abs.conf. Here is the obfuscated data in each file:

  • ase.conf – Email and keystore (PKCS#12) password
  • cluster.conf – Cluster authentication key
  • abs.conf – ABS access and secret key

ASE ships with a default master key (ase_master.key) which is used to obfuscate other keys and passwords. It is recommended to generate your own ase_master.key.


During the process of obfuscation password, ASE must be stopped.

The following diagram summarizes the obfuscation process:

Image showing the key and password obfuscation process

Generating your ase_master.key

You can generate the ase_master.key by running the generate_obfkey ASE CLI command.

/opt/pingidentity/ase/bin/ generate_obfkey -u admin -p 

Please take a backup of config/ase_master.key, config/ase.conf, config/abs.conf, config/cluster.conf before proceeding
Warning: Once you create a new obfuscation master key, you should obfuscate all config keys also using obfuscate_keys
Warning: Obfuscation master key file /opt/pingidentity/ase/config/ase_master.key already exists. This command will delete it and create a new key in the same file.
Do you want to proceed [y/n]:y
creating new obfuscation master key
Success: created new obfuscation master key at /opt/pingidentity/ase/config/ase_master.key

The new ase_master.key is used to obfuscate the keys and passwords in the configuration files.


In an ASE cluster, the ase_master.key must be manually copied to each cluster node.

Obfuscate keys and passwords

Enter the keys and passwords in clear text in ase.conf, cluster.conf, and abs.conf. Run the obfuscate_keys command to obfuscate keys and passwords:

/opt/pingidentity/ase/bin/ obfuscate_keys -u admin -p 
Please take a backup of config/ase_master.key, config/ase.conf, config/abs.conf, and config/cluster.conf before proceeding

If config keys and passwords are already obfuscated using the current master key, they are not obfuscated again

Following keys will be obfuscated:
config/ase.conf: sender_password, keystore_password
config/abs.conf: access_key, secret_key
config/cluster.conf: cluster_secret_key
Do you want to proceed [y/n]:y
obfuscating config/ase.conf, success
obfuscating config/abs.conf, success
obfuscating config/cluster.conf, success

Start ASE after keys and passwords are obfuscated.


After the keys and passwords are obfuscated, the ase_master.key must be moved to a secure location from ASE for security reasons. If you want to restart ASE, the ase_master.key must be present in the /opt/pingidentity/ase/config/ directory.