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Server-Side Encryption with Customer Provided keys (SSE-C)

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This course provides detail on the AWS Storage services relevant to the Developer - Associate exam.

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Learning Objectives

  • An overview of Amazon S3
  • An understanding of storage classes
  • S3 versioning
  • Server-access logging
  • Object-level logging
  • Transfer Acceleration
  • Implementing access control policies
  • Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)
  • Encryption mechanisms, including:
    • SSE-S3
    • SSE-KMS
    • SSE-C
    • CSE-KSM
    • CSE-C

Server-Side Encryption with Customer Provided Keys, SSE-C. The encryption process is as follows. Firstly, a client uploads Object Data and the Customer-provided Key to S3 for a HTTPS. It will only work with the HTTPS connection. Otherwise, S3 will reject it. S3 will then use the Customer-provided Key to encrypt the Object Data. S3 will also create a sorted HMAC value of the Customer-provided Key for future validation requests. The encrypted Object Data, along with the HMAC value of the Customer Key is then saved and stored on S3. The Customer-provided Key is then removed from memory. The decryption process is as follows. A request is made by the client via HTTPS connection to S3 to retrieve the Object Data. At the same time, the Customer-provided Key is also sent with the request. S3 uses the HMAC value of the same key to confirm it's validity of the requested object. The Customer-provided Key is then used to decrypt the encrypted Object Data. The Object Data is then sent back to the client.

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Stuart Scott
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