Manage the Master Key from Panorama

Deploy new, or renew expiring master keys, to firewalls, log collectors, and WF-500 appliances from the Panorama™ management server.
Panorama, firewalls, Log Collectors, and WF-500 appliances use a master key to encrypt sensitive elements in the configuration and they have a default master key they use to encrypt passwords and configuration elements. As part of a standard security practice, you should replace the default master key and change the key on each individual firewall, Log Collector, WildFire appliance, and Panorama before it expires.
To strengthen your security posture, configuring a unique master key for Panorama and for each managed firewall. By configuring unique master keys, you can ensure that a compromised master key does not compromise the configuration encryption of your entire deployment. Unique master keys are supported only for Panorama and managed firewalls. Log Collectors and WildFire appliances must share the same master key as Panorama. For Panorama or managed firewalls in a high availability (HA) configuration, you must deploy the same master key for both HA peers as the master key is not synchronized across HA peers.
Configuring a unique master key also eases the operational burden of updating your master keys. By configuring a unique master key for a managed firewall, you can update each master key individually without the need to coordinate changing the master key across a large number of managed firewalls.
When a master key expires, you must enter the current master key in order to configure a new master key.
Be sure to keep track of the master key you deploy to your managed firewalls, Log Collectors, and WildFire appliances because master keys cannot be recovered. you must reset to factory default if you cannot provide the current master key when it expires.
  1. (
    Best Practice
    ) Select
    Commit
    and
    Commit and Push
    any pending configuration changes.
    Panorama must re-encrypt data using the new master key. To ensure all configuration elements are encrypted with the new master key, you should commit all pending changes before deploying the new master key.
  2. Configure a unique master key for a managed firewall.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Managed Devices
      Summary
      and
      Deploy Master Key
      .
    2. Select a managed firewall and
      Change
      the master key.
      If you want to deploy a unique master key for a specific set of managed firewalls, you can select those specific managed firewalls as well.
    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the
        Current Master Key
        . If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a
        Current Master Key
        .
      2. (
        Optional
        ) Enable (check)
        Stored on HSM
        if the master key is encrypted on a Hardware Security Module (HSM).
      3. Specify the
        New Master Key
        and
        Confirm Master Key
        .
      4. Configure the master key
        Lifetime
        and
        Time for Reminder
        .
      5. Click
        OK
        .
    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected managed firewalls.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.
  3. Configure the master key to automatically renew for your managed firewalls.
    Configure this setting to automatically renew the master key deployed on the managed firewalls associated with the selected template. Otherwise, the master key expires per the configured master key lifetime and you must deploy a new master key.
    1. Select
      Device
      Master Key and Diagnostic
      and select the
      Template
      containing the target managed firewalls.
    2. Edit the
      Master Key
      settings and configure the
      Auto Renew With Same Master Key
      setting.
    3. Click
      OK
      .
  4. Configure the master key on Panorama.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Master Key and Diagnostics
      and configure the master key.
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the
        Current Master Key
        . If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, o not specify a
        Current Master Key
        .
      2. Configure the
        New Master Key
        and
        Confirm Master Key
        .
      3. Configure the master key
        Lifetime
        and
        Time for Reminder
        .
      4. Click
        OK
        .
    2. (
      Optional
      ) Configure the Panorama master key to automatically renew.
      Configure this setting to automatically renew the master key deployed on Panorama. Otherwise, the master key expires per the configured master key lifetime and you must deploy a new master key.
      1. Select
        Panorama
        Master Key and Diagnostic
        and edit the
        Master Key
        setting.
      2. Configure the
        Auto Renew With Same Master Key
        setting.
      3. Click
        OK
        .
    3. Select
      Commit
      Commit to Panorama
      and
      Commit
      your changes.
    4. (
      Active/Passive HA configuration only
      ) Repeat this step to configure an identical master key on the passive HA peer.
      You must manually configure an identical master key on the passive HA peer when Panorama is in an active/passive HA configuration. The master key is not synchronized between the active and passive HA peers.
  5. Deploy the master key to Log Collectors.
    The master key configured for your Log Collectors must be identical to the master key configured for Panorama.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Managed Collectors
      and
      Deploy Master Key
      .
    2. Select all devices and
      Change
      the master key.
    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the
        Current Master Key
        . If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a
        Current Master Key
        .
      2. Specify the
        New Master Key
        and
        Confirm Master Key
        .
      3. Configure the master key
        Lifetime
        and
        Time for Reminder
        .
      4. Click
        OK
        .
    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected devices.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.
  6. Deploy the master key to managed WildFire appliances.
    The master key configured your WildFire appliances must be identical to the master key configured for Panorama.
    1. Select
      Panorama
      Managed WildFire Appliances
      and
      Deploy Master Key
      .
    2. Select all devices and
      Change
      the master key.
    3. Configure the master key:
      1. If renewing a master key, enter the
        Current Master Key
        . If you are replacing the default master key with a new master key, do not specify a
        Current Master Key
        .
      2. Specify the
        New Master Key
        and
        Confirm Master Key
        .
      3. Configure the master key
        Lifetime
        and
        Time for Reminder
        .
      4. Click
        OK
        .
    4. Verify that the master key was deployed successfully to all selected devices.
      A System log generates when you deploy a new master key from Panorama.

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