1. Security
  2. Mechanics


During account signup, a user confirms their email address via OTP, generates a public-private key pair to be stored locally, generates a user salt, generates a 256-bit key, and enters their password.

The 256-bit key is used to encrypt the private key; the 256-bit key itself is then encrypted by a key generated from the user’s password and salt with key derivation function argon2id. The resulting, 256-bit key the protected key.

The encrypted private key, protected key, user identifier information, and SRP details are forwarded to the server.

Once authenticated via SRP, a user is issued a JWT and refresh token. The JWT token is stored in browser memory under a write-only class SecurityClient that appends the token to all future outbound requests requiring authentication. The refresh token is stored in an HttpOnly cookie and included in future requests to /api/token for JWT token renewal. This design side-steps potential XSS attacks on local storage.

Infisical authenticates users using the SRP protocol. With SRP, the server can authenticate users without ever seeing their passwords.


After signing up, a user can invite other users to their organization to partake in projects — An invitation here consists of an email verification link sent to the invitee to confirm their identity if they’ve not previously signed up to Infisical. Both organization and project invites authorize invitees for resources but project invites differ in that they also involve sharing project keys by encrypting them under the invitees’ public keys.

Pushing/Pulling Secrets

To push secrets, a sender randomly-generates a symmetric encryption key, uses that key to encrypt their secret keys and values separately, asymmetrically encrypts the key with the receivers’ public keys, and uploads the encrypted secrets and keys to the server.

To pull secrets, a receiver obtains encrypted secret keys and values and their encrypted copy of the project key to decrypt the secrets from the server — they asymmetrically decrypt the key using their private key and use the decrypted key to decrypt the secrets. This public-key mechanism prevents the server-side from reading any secrets.