Developing New Credential Providers

The credentials management framework for the CBC SDK is designed to allow different handlers to be implemented, which may supply credentials to the CBCloudAPI in ways not implemented by existing credential handlers.

Writing the Credential Provider

Find all classes required to implement a new credential provider in the cbc_sdk.credentials package. See below for descriptions of the classes. It is recommended, but not required, that your new credential provider inherit from the CredentialProvider abstract class, and that you implement the methods from that abstract class as detailed.

The arguments to the standard __init__() method are not defined by the interface specification; those may be used to initialize your credential provider in any desired fashion.

Using the Credential Provider

Create an instance of your credential provider object and pass it as the keyword parameter credential_provider when creating your CBCloudAPI object. Example:

>>> provider = MyCredentialProvider()
>>> cbc_api = CBCloudAPI(credential_provider=provider, profile='default')

Your credential provider’s get_credentials() method will be called, passing in any profile specified in the profile keyword parameter used when creating CBCloudAPI.

Credential Provider Reference

These are the classes from the cbc_sdk.credentials package that are used in making a credential provider.

CredentialValue class

This class is of an enumerated type, and represents the various credential items loaded by the credential provider and fed to the rest of the SDK code. The possible values are:

  • URL - The URL used to access the Carbon Black Cloud. This value must be specified.
  • TOKEN - The access token to be used to authenticate to the server. It is the same structure as the X-Auth-Token: defined for direct API access in the developer documentation. This value must be specified.
  • ORG_KEY - The organization key specifying which organization to work with. This value must be specified.
  • SSL_VERIFY - A Boolean value indicating whether or not to validate the SSL connection. The default is True.
  • SSL_VERIFY_HOSTNAME - A Boolean value indicating whether or not to verify the host name of the server being connected to. The default is True.
  • SSL_CERT_FILE - The name of an optional certificate file used to validate the certificates of the SSL connection. If not specified, the standard system certificate verification will be used.
  • SSL_FORCE_TLS_1_2 - A Boolean value. If this is True, the connection will be forced to use TLS 1.2 rather than any later version. The default is False.
  • PROXY - If specified, this is the name of a proxy host to be used in making the connection.
  • IGNORE_SYSTEM_PROXY - A Boolean value. If this is True, any system proxy settings will be ignored in making the connection to the server. The default is False.
  • INTEGRATION - The name of the integration to use these credentials. The string may optionally end with a slash character, followed by the integration’s version number. Passed as part of the User-Agent: HTTP header on all requests made by the SDK.

Values of this type have one method:


def requires_boolean_value(self):

Returns whether or not this particular credential item takes a Boolean value.

Returns: True if the credential item takes a Boolean value, False if the credential item takes a string value.

Credentials class

The class that holds credentials retrieved from the credential provider, and is used by the rest of the SDK. It is effectively immutable after creation.


def __init__(self, values=None):

Initializes a new Credentials object.


  • values (type dict): A dictionary containing the values to initialize the Credentials object with. The keys of this dictionary may be either CredentialValue objects or their lowercase string equivalents, e.g. CredentialValue.URL or "url". The values in the dict are strings for those credential items with string values. For credential items with Boolean values, the values may be either bool values, numeric values (with 0 being treated as False and non-zero values treated as True), or string values. In the case of string values, the value must be “0”, “false”, “off”, or “no” to be treated as a False falue, or “1”, “true”, “on”, or “yes” to be treated as a True value (all values case-insensitive). If an unrecognized string is used for a Boolean value, CredentialError will be raised. Unrecognized keys in the dict are ignored. Any missing items will be replaced by the default for that item.


  • CredentialError - If there is an error parsing a Boolean value string.


def get_value(self, key):

Retrieves a specific credential value from this object.


  • key (type CredentialValue): Indicates which item to retrieve.

Returns: The value of that credential item (str or bool type).


def __getattr__(self, name):

Retrieves a specific credential value from this object. This is a bit of “syntactic sugar” allowing other code to access credential values, for instance, as cred_object.url instead of cred_object.get_value(CredentialValue.URL).


  • name (type str): Indicates which item to retrieve.

Returns: The value of that credential item (str or bool type).


  • AttributeError - If the credential item name was unrecognized.

CredentialProvider class

All credential providers should extend this abstract class, but, in any event, must implement the protocol it defines.


def get_credentials(self, section=None):

Return a Credentials object containing the configured credentials.


  • section (type str): Indicates the credential section to retrieve. May be interpreted by the credential provider in amy manner it likes; may also be ignored.

Returns: A Credentials object containing the retrieved credentials.


  • CredentialError - If there is an error retrieving the credentials.