Security aspects of FlowForge are divided up into two sections, configuration and application level. Application level security aspects apply to both self managed and FlowForge managed instances.
# User sessions
Users are identified by an unique combination of username and password, or by a SAML compliant server for SSO.
User provisioning is on a per user basis.
Configuration of the FlowForge application influences security aspects of the system at large. For each section the implementation of FlowForge Cloud is mentioned too. For self managed installs we advise to follow the choices made by FlowForge Cloud.
# Data storage
# Data at Rest
All user data is stored in a relational database, which are encrypted by default for all install methods except local.
FlowForge Cloud: Data is stored in a PostgreSQL database. All data is encrypted since October 2022.
# Data residency
Long term data storage is depended on the location of the relational database storage.
FlowForge Cloud: Data is stored in the European Union, specificially Ireland, on AWS eu-west-1.
# Data in Transit
Traffic from external sources to the FlowForge application can be encrypted. When a load balancer is used, the encryption is terminated on the edge. Internal traffic is not encrypted.
FlowForge Cloud: Data in transit to and from external sources is protected with SSL/TLS. Encryption is terminated at the edge, both for HTTP and MQTT traffic.
Adding internal SSL/TLS is being investigated.
# Inter project communication
Communication between a teams projects is MQTT based. Traffic can be encrypted based on the broker configuration.
FlowForge Cloud: Inbound and outbound traffic is send encrypted to FlowForge. The encryption is terminated at the load balancer. Internal traffic is not encrypted.
# Service endpoints
It's recommended to run the FlowForge application and the flow runtimes on different domains. This will create separation of concerns and enhances security for, among others, cookies.
FlowForge Cloud: Our SaaS offering has multiple service domains. The corporate website is hosted at flowforge.com. The application is served at app.flowforge.com, while the Node-RED instances are served from *.flowforge.cloud.
MQTT traffic is served from mqtt.flowforge.cloud as MQTT over WebSockets.