In this example it is assumed that you have already provisioned the AWS CloudHSM cluster and installed the appropriate software library for PKCS#11. The example imports an existing key pair, but you may prefer to generate your key on the HSM.

1. Import the public and private key to the HSM

Before importing the public key, you'll need to extract it from the certificate provided by your CA. Place the contents of your private key in privkey.pem and then run the following (replacing certificate.pem with your actual certificate) to populate

keyserver$ openssl x509 -pubkey -noout -in certificate.pem > pubkey.pem

Log in to the CloudHSM using a previously created crypto user (CU) account and generate a key encryption key that will be used to import your private key.

keyserver$ /opt/cloudhsm/bin/key_mgmt_util
Command: loginHSM -u CU -s patrick -p donahue
Command: genSymKey -t 31 -s 16 -sess -l import-wrapping-key
Symmetric Key Created.  Key Handle: 658

Referencing the key handle returned above, import the private and public key, and then log out of the HSM:

Command: importPrivateKey -f privkey.pem -l mykey -w 658
Cfm3WrapHostKey returned: 0x00 : HSM Return: SUCCESS
Cfm3CreateUnwrapTemplate returned: 0x00 : HSM Return: SUCCESS
Cfm3UnWrapKey returned: 0x00 : HSM Return: SUCCESS
Private Key Unwrapped.  Key Handle: 658

Command: importPubKey -f pubkey.pem -l mykey
Cfm3CreatePublicKey returned: 0x00 : HSM Return: SUCCESS
Public Key Handle: 941

Command: logoutHSM
Command: exit

2. Modify the gokeyless config file and restart the service

Now that the keys are in place, we need to modify the configuration file that the key server will read on startup. Be sure to change the object=mykey and pin-value=username:password values to match the key label you provided and CU user you created.

Open /etc/keyless/gokeyless.yaml and immediately after:

- dir: /etc/keyless/keys


- uri: pkcs11:token=cavium;object=mykey?module-path=/opt/cloudhsm/lib/

With the config file saved, restart gokeyless and verify it started successfully.

$ sudo systemctl restart gokeyless.service
$ sudo systemctl status gokeyless.service -l