Get a Secrets Manager secret value using Java with client-side caching - Amazon Secrets Manager
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Get a Secrets Manager secret value using Java with client-side caching

When you retrieve a secret, you can use the Secrets Manager Java-based caching component to cache it for future use. Retrieving a cached secret is faster than retrieving it from Secrets Manager. Because there is a cost for calling Secrets Manager APIs, using a cache can reduce your costs. For all of the ways you can retrieve secrets, see Get secrets.

The cache policy is Least Recently Used (LRU), so when the cache must discard a secret, it discards the least recently used secret. By default, the cache refreshes secrets every hour. You can configure how often the secret is refreshed in the cache, and you can hook into the secret retrieval to add more functionality.

The cache does not force garbage collection once cache references are freed. The cache implementation does not include cache invalidation. The cache implementation is focused around the cache itself, and is not security hardened or focused. If you require additional security such as encrypting items in the cache, use the interfaces and abstract methods provided.

To use the component, you must have the following:

To download the source code, see Secrets Manager Java-based caching client component on GitHub.

To add the component to your project, in your Maven pom.xml file, include the following dependency. For more information about Maven, see the Getting Started Guide on the Apache Maven Project website.

<dependency> <groupId>com.amazonaws.secretsmanager</groupId> <artifactId>aws-secretsmanager-caching-java</artifactId> <version>1.0.2</version> </dependency>

Required permissions:

  • secretsmanager:DescribeSecret

  • secretsmanager:GetSecretValue

For more information, see Permissions reference.

Example Retrieve a secret

The following code example shows a Lambda function that retrieves a secret string. It follows the best practice of instantiating the cache outside of the function handler, so it doesn't keep calling the API if you call the Lambda function again.

package com.amazonaws.secretsmanager.caching.examples; import; import; import; import com.amazonaws.secretsmanager.caching.SecretCache; public class SampleClass implements RequestHandler<String, String> { private final SecretCache cache = new SecretCache(); @Override public String handleRequest(String secretId, Context context) { final String secret = cache.getSecretString(secretId); // Use the secret, return success; } }