Data and Network Encryption

MinIO supports end-to-end encryption of objects over-the-wire (network encryption) and on read/write (at-rest).

Server-Side Object Encryption (SSE)

MinIO supports Server-Side Object Encryption (SSE) of objects, where MinIO uses a secret key to encrypt and store objects on disk (encryption at-rest).

MinIO supports enabling automatic SSE-KMS encryption of all objects written to a bucket using a specific External Key (EK) stored on the external KMS. Clients can override the bucket-default EK by specifying an explicit key as part of the write operation.

For buckets without automatic SSE-KMS encryption, clients can specify an EK as part of the write operation instead.

SSE-KMS provides more granular and customizable encryption compared to SSE-S3 and SSE-C and is recommended over the other supported encryption methods.

MinIO supports enabling automatic SSE-S3 encryption of all objects written to a bucket using an EK stored on the external KMS. MinIO SSE-S3 supports one EK for the entire deployment.

For buckets without automatic SSE-S3 encryption, clients can request SSE encryption as part of the write operation instead.

Clients specify an EK as part of the write operation for an object. MinIO uses the specified EK to perform SSE-S3.

SSE-C does not support bucket-default encryption settings and requires clients perform all key management operations.

MinIO SSE requires Network Encryption (TLS).

Network Encryption

MinIO supports Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption of incoming and outgoing traffic. MinIO recommends all MinIO servers run with TLS enabled to ensure end-to-end security of client-server or server-server transmissions.

TLS is the successor to Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. SSL is fully deprecated as of June 30th, 2018. MinIO uses only supported (non-deprecated) TLS protocols (TLS 1.2 and later).

See Network Encryption (TLS) for more complete documentation.

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