8.5. Secure Bulk Load

Bulk loading in secure mode is a bit more involved than normal setup, since the client has to transfer the ownership of the files generated from the mapreduce job to HBase. Secure bulk loading is implemented by a coprocessor, named SecureBulkLoadEndpoint. SecureBulkLoadEndpoint uses a staging directory "hbase.bulkload.staging.dir", which defaults to /tmp/hbase-staging/. The algorithm is as follows.

Like delegation tokens the strength of the security lies in the length and randomness of the secret directory.

You have to enable the secure bulk load to work properly. You can modify the hbase-site.xml file on every server machine in the cluster and add the SecureBulkLoadEndpoint class to the list of regionserver coprocessors:

<property>
  <name>hbase.bulkload.staging.dir</name>
  <value>/tmp/hbase-staging</value>
</property>
<property>
  <name>hbase.coprocessor.region.classes</name>
  <value>org.apache.hadoop.hbase.security.token.TokenProvider,
  org.apache.hadoop.hbase.security.access.AccessController,org.apache.hadoop.hbase.security.access.SecureBulkLoadEndpoint</value>
</property>
    
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