Secure internal communication#

The Trino cluster can be configured to use secured communication with internal authentication of the nodes in the cluster, and optionally added security with TLS.

Internal authentication#

Requests between Trino nodes are authenticated using a shared secret. For secure internal communication, the shared secret must be set to the same value on all nodes in the cluster:


A large random key is recommended, and can be generated with the following Linux command:

openssl rand 512 | base64

Internal TLS configuration#

You can configure the coordinator and all workers to encrypt all communication with each other using TLS. Every node in the cluster must be configured. Nodes that have not been configured, or are configured incorrectly, are not able to communicate with other nodes in the cluster.

In typical deployments, you should enable TLS directly on the coordinator for fully encrypted access to the cluster by client tools.

Now you can enable TLS for internal communication with the following configuration identical on all cluster nodes.

  1. Configure a shared secret for internal communication as described in the preceding section.

  2. Enable automatic certificate creation and trust setup in etc/

  3. Change the URI for the discovery service to use HTTPS and point to the IP address of the coordinator in etc/

    discovery.uri=https://<coordinator ip address>:<https port>

    Note that using hostnames or fully qualified domain names for the URI is not supported. The automatic certificate creation for internal TLS only supports IP addresses. Java 17 is known to be incompatible with this feature and can not be used as a runtime for Trino with this feature enabled.

  4. Enable the HTTPS endpoint on all workers.

    http-server.https.port=<https port>
  5. Restart all nodes.

Certificates are automatically created and used to ensure all communication inside the cluster is secured with TLS.


Older versions of Trino required you to manually manage all the certificates on the nodes. If you upgrade from this setup, you must remove the following configuration properties:

  • internal-communication.https.keystore.path

  • internal-communication.https.truststore.path

  • node.internal-address-source

Performance with SSL/TLS enabled#

Enabling encryption impacts performance. The performance degradation can vary based on the environment, queries, and concurrency.

For queries that do not require transferring too much data between the Trino nodes e.g. SELECT count(*) FROM table, the performance impact is negligible.

However, for CPU intensive queries which require a considerable amount of data to be transferred between the nodes (for example, distributed joins, aggregations and window functions, which require repartitioning), the performance impact can be considerable. The slowdown may vary from 10% to even 100%+, depending on the network traffic and the CPU utilization.

Advanced performance tuning#

In some cases, changing the source of random numbers improves performance significantly.

By default, TLS encryption uses the /dev/urandom system device as a source of entropy. This device has limited throughput, so on environments with high network bandwidth (e.g. InfiniBand), it may become a bottleneck. In such situations, it is recommended to try to switch the random number generator algorithm to SHA1PRNG, by setting it via property in on the coordinator and all of the workers:

Be aware that this algorithm takes the initial seed from the blocking /dev/random device. For environments that do not have enough entropy to seed the SHAPRNG algorithm, the source can be changed to /dev/urandom by adding the property to jvm.config: