What is Azure Key Vault and how to configure it with the dotnet core application

What is Azure Key Vault?

Azure Key Vault is a cloud-based service offered by Microsoft Azure that provides secure storage for keys, secrets, and certificates. It allows users to create and manage cryptographic keys and secrets used by cloud applications and services. Azure Key Vault enables users to store sensitive information such as passwords, connection strings, API keys, and certificates in a secure manner.

Azure Key Vault uses hardware security modules (HSMs) to provide enhanced security for cryptographic keys and secrets. HSMs are physical devices that are designed to securely store and manage cryptographic keys. Azure Key Vault also supports multi-factor authentication and access control policies to ensure that only authorized users and applications can access sensitive information stored in the Key Vault.

Azure Key Vault can be used to store a wide range of keys and secrets, including SSL/TLS certificates, cryptographic keys, passwords, and API keys. It can be accessed through a REST API or using SDKs for various programming languages. Azure Key Vault can also be integrated with other Azure services such as Azure Active Directory, Azure Functions, and Azure DevOps.

Configure Azure Key Vault with .Net Core 6 Application:

Step 1: Create an Azure Key Vault

First, you need to create an Azure Key Vault in your Azure subscription. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in to the Azure Portal and go to the Azure Key Vault page.
  2. Click the “+ Add” button to create a new Key Vault.
  3. Fill in the required information, such as the name, subscription, resource group, and region.
  4. Set the access policies for your Key Vault. This is where you define who has access to your Key Vault and what they can do with it. For example, you might want to allow a specific Azure AD user or group to access your Key Vault.

Step 2: Create a .NET Core 6 application

Next, you need to create a .NET Core 6 application. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio 2022 or higher and create a new .NET Core 6 Console Application project.
  2. Install the Azure.Extensions.AspNetCore.Configuration.Secrets package by running the following command in the Package Manager Console:

Install-Package Azure.Extensions.AspNetCore.Configuration.Secrets
  1. Modify the Program.cs file to load configuration settings from the Azure Key Vault:

using Azure.Extensions.AspNetCore.Configuration.Secrets; using Azure.Identity; using Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration; var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder() .AddJsonFile("appsettings.json", optional: true, reloadOnChange: true) .AddUserSecrets<Program>() .AddEnvironmentVariables(); builder.AddAzureKeyVault(new Uri("https://<your-key-vault-name>.vault.azure.net/"), new DefaultAzureCredential()); var configuration = builder.Build(); // Use configuration values here

Note: Replace <your-key-vault-name> with the name of your Azure Key Vault.

Step 3: Grant access to the application

Finally, you need to grant access to the .NET Core 6 application to access the Azure Key Vault. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the Access policies page of your Azure Key Vault.
  2. Click the “+ Add Access Policy” button to add a new access policy.
  3. Select the principal type. This is the identity that you want to grant access to.
  4. Select the permissions that you want to grant. For example, you might want to grant “Get” and “List” permissions to allow the application to read secrets from the Key Vault.
  5. Click the “Add” button to add the access policy.

That’s it! Your .NET Core 6 application should now be able to read configuration settings from the Azure Key Vault.

Azure Key Vault Troubleshoots:

There could be a few different reasons why your Azure Key Vault connection is randomly failing

  1. Ensure that the Azure Key Vault access policies are correctly configured to allow access from your application. Make sure that the application’s identity (e.g. managed identity or service principal) is included in the access policies with the appropriate permissions.
  2. Check your application’s code to ensure that it is handling authentication and authorization correctly. Make sure that it is using the appropriate credentials to authenticate with Azure AD and obtain a token to access the Key Vault.
  3. Check your network connection to ensure that there are no intermittent issues that could be causing the connection to fail. For example, if you are using a VPN or a firewall, make sure that the appropriate ports are open and that there are no network connectivity issues.
  4. Check the Azure Key Vault logs to see if there are any errors or warnings that could provide more information about the issue. You can use the Azure Portal or the Azure CLI to view the logs.
  5. If the issue persists, consider contacting Microsoft support for further assistance. They can help you troubleshoot the issue and identify the root cause.

special thanks to my Friend


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s