Client Authentication

When using LXD over https, LXD uses an asymmetric keypair for authentication. The keypairs are added to the authentication database after entering the LXD instance’s “trust password”.

Generate a certificate

To generate a keypair, you should use the openssl command. As an example:

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout lxd.key -out lxd.csr
openssl x509 -signkey lxd.key -in lxd.csr -req -days 365 -out lxd.crt

For more detail on the commands, or to customize the keys, please see the documentation for the openssl command.

Authenticate a new keypair

If a client is created using this keypair, it would originally be “untrusted”, essentially meaning that the authentication has not yet occurred.

>>> from pylxd import Client
>>> client = Client(
...     endpoint='',
...     cert=('lxd.crt', 'lxd.key'))
>>> client.trusted

In order to authenticate the client, pass the lxd instance’s trust password to Client.authenticate

>>> client.authenticate('a-secret-trust-password')
>>> client.trusted
>>> True