Last updated: 2021-09-29
This document provides a list of security measures that you should implement to protect your MongoDB installation. The list is not meant to be exhaustive.
➤ Enable Access Control and Enforce Authentication
Enable access control and specify an authentication mechanism.
MongoDB Community supports a number of authentication mechanisms that clients can use to verify their identity:
In addition to the preceding mechanisms, MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB Enterprise support the following mechanisms:
These mechanisms allow MongoDB to integrate into your existing authentication system.
➤ Configure Role-Based Access Control
Create a user administrator first, then create additional users. Create a unique MongoDB user for each person/application that accesses the system.
Follow the principle of least privilege. Create roles that define the exact access rights required by a set of users. Then create users and assign them only the roles they need to perform their operations. A user can be a person or a client application.
A user can have privileges across different databases. If a user requires privileges on multiple databases, create a single user with roles that grant applicable database privileges instead of creating the user multiple times in different databases.
➤ Encrypt Communication (TLS/SSL)
Configure MongoDB to use TLS/SSL for all incoming and outgoing connections. Use TLS/SSL to encrypt communication between
mongoscomponents of a MongoDB deployment as well as between all applications and MongoDB.
MongoDB uses the native TLS/SSL OS libraries:PlatformTLS/SSL LibraryWindowsSecure Channel (Schannel)Linux/BSDOpenSSLmacOSSecure Transport
➤ Encrypt and Protect Data
You can encrypt data in the storage layer with the WiredTiger storage engine's native Encryption at Rest.
If you are not using WiredTiger's encryption at rest, MongoDB data should be encrypted on each host using file-system, device, or physical encryption (for example dm-crypt). You should also protect MongoDB data using file-system permissions. MongoDB data includes data files, configuration files, auditing logs, and key files.
You can use Client-Side Field Level Encryption to encrypt fields in documents application-side prior to transmitting data over the wire to the server.
Collect logs to a central log store. These logs contain database authentication attempts including source IP addresses.
➤ Limit Network Exposure
Ensure that MongoDB runs in a trusted network environment and configure firewall or security groups to control inbound and outbound traffic for your MongoDB instances.
Disable direct SSH root access.
Allow only trusted clients to access the network interfaces and ports on which MongoDB instances are available.
the authenticationRestrictions field to the
db.createUser()command to specify a per-user IP allow list.
➤ Audit System Activity
Track access and changes to database configurations and data. MongoDB Enterprise includes a system auditing facility that can record system events (including user operations and connection events) on a MongoDB instance. These audit records permit forensic analysis and allow administrators to exercise proper controls. You can set up filters to record only specific events, such as authentication events.
➤ Run MongoDB with a Dedicated User
Run MongoDB processes with a dedicated operating system user account. Ensure that the account has permissions to access data but no unnecessary permissions.
➤ Run MongoDB with Secure Configuration Options
$function. If you do not use these operations, disable server-side scripting by using the
Keep input validation enabled. MongoDB enables input validation by default through the
net.wireObjectChecksetting. This ensures that all documents stored by the
mongodinstance are valid BSON.
➤ Request a Security Technical Implementation Guide (where applicable)
The Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) contains security guidelines for deployments within the United States Department of Defense. MongoDB Inc. provides its STIG, upon request.
➤ Consider Security Standards Compliance
For applications requiring HIPAA or PCI-DSS compliance, please refer to the MongoDB Security Reference Architecture to learn more about how you can use MongoDB's key security capabilities to build compliant application infrastructure.
Periodic/Ongoing Production Checks
Periodically check for MongoDB Product CVE and upgrade your products .
Consult the MongoDB end of life dates and upgrade your MongoDB installation as needed. In general, try to stay on the latest version.
Ensure that your information security management system policies and procedures extend to your MongoDB installation, including performing the following:
Periodically apply patches to your machine.
Review policy/procedure changes, especially changes to your network rules to prevent inadvertent MongoDB exposure to the Internet.
Review MongoDB database users and periodically rotate them.