Ingest Tokens

Security Requirements and Controls

Tokens are used to provide authentication for ingesting data into LogScale. An Ingest Token is a unique string that identifies a repository and allows you to send data to that repository.

You need to Generate a New Repository Ingest Token and then use the token when configuring data ingestion to your repositories, see Other Log Shippers or Ingest API for details on how they are used in different ingest methods.

Ingest Tokens can only be used to ingest data; you cannot use them to query LogScale, log in, or read any data.

Note

As of 1.77 you can no longer list ingest tokens for system repositories using GraphQL, the following message is returned You don't have permission to read ingest tokens.

Ingest Tokens

Figure 104. Ingest Tokens


Ingest tokens are tied to a repository not a user. This provides a better way of managing access control and is more convenient for most use cases. For example, if a user leaves the organization or project, you do not need to re-provision all agents that send data with a new token. You also don't have to create fake user accounts.

Additionally LogScale provides the possibility to generate Personal API Tokens which are user specific tokens that can be used for administration tasks. Personal API Tokens cannot be used to ingest data.

Tokens Supporting Ingest

LogScale supports different tokens to provide security across the cluster. Different tokens allow the ingestion of data, but how and where the data is ingested differs:

A comparison of the different tokens and capability are shown below:

Token Type Repository Target Ingest to Multiple Repositories Ingest to System Repositories Ingest to Sandbox Repository
Repository Ingest Token Specific Repository No Yes Yes
Organization API Token (with Ingest across all repositories within organization permission) Any (driven by event data or log shipper) Yes No No
System API Token (with Ingest across all repositories within cluster permission) Any (driven by event data or log shipper) Yes No No

Generating Ingest Tokens and Assigning Parsers

From the repository's Settings page you can manage ingest tokens and assign a parser to a token. For more information on the actions you can perform from the repositories settings page see Basic Information.

Generate a New Repository Ingest Token

  • Select a repository from the repositories and views page and click Settings on the menu.

    Generate Token

    Figure 105. Generate Token


  • To add a token to this repository, click Ingest tokens under Ingest.

  • Click + Add Token. You will be prompted to provide a token name to identify the token. You may want to use this to identify the token you have assigned to a specific host, data source, log type or other identifier.

  • You can optionally set an Assigned Parser by selecting a parser from the pop-up list. For more information on parsers see Parsing Data.

  • Click Save.

Edit a Token

You can edit the parser assigned to a token by editing a token.

  • Select a repository from the repositories and views page and click Settings on the menu.

  • To edit a token, click Ingest tokens under Ingest.

    Editing an Existing Token

    Figure 106. Editing an Existing Token


  • Click the three dots icon next the token you want to edit and click Edit token. Editing the token allows you to modify the assigned parser. For more information, see Assigning Parsers to Ingest Tokens. Once you have made the required changes click Save.

Delete a Repository Token

You can delete a token but note that deleting the token will prevent any existing ingest processes using that token to ingest data to LogScale.

  • Select a repository from the repositories and views page and click Settings on the menu.

  • To delete a token, click Ingest tokens under Ingest.

  • Click the three dots icon next the token you want to delete and click Delete token. Click Confirm to permanently delete the token.

Custom Tokens

We highly recommended you use automatically generated tokens whenever possible, but custom ingest tokens can be useful in cases where you already have a token in use and want LogScale to accept it, or where the log shipper requires tokens in a format that is not compatible with the ones automatically generated by LogScale.

Generally, ingest tokens should be sufficiently complex such that they are not easy to guess. When creating custom ingest tokens, it is your responsibility to ensure this.

To use custom tokens, the feature "CustomTokens" must first be enabled. This can be done by making the following GraphQL mutation (see GraphQL API):

graphql
mutation {
  enableFeature(feature: CustomIngestTokens)
}

Once enabled, root users can then create custom tokens via the GraphQL API:

graphql
mutation {
  addIngestTokenV3(
    input: {
      repositoryName: "sandbox"
      name: "MyIngestToken"
      parser: "kv"
      customToken: "myCustomToken"
    }
  ) {
    name
    token
  }
}

The response will indicate an error, or the token if one has successfully been created. For example:

json
{
  "data": {
    "addIngestTokenV3": {
      "name": "MyIngestToken",
      "token": "myToken"
    }
  }
}