Security at Fly.io
Securing a major hosting platform like Fly.io is a hard problem, and we take it seriously.
Corporate Security (“CorpSec”)
CorpSec is the practice of making sure Fly.io team members have secure access to Fly.io company infrastructure, and that secured channels are the only exposed channels to Fly.io. CorpSec controls are the primary concern of standards like SOC2.
- Access to our services and applications is gated on a SSO Identity Provider.
- We require strong, phishing-resistant 2FA in all enrolled IdP accounts.
- We rely on IdP-backed WireGuard with strict, default-deny, role-based access controls to access internal applications.
- We have centralized repositories of policy and audit controls, including team onboard and offboarding and access requests; we regularly audit access to internal systems.
InfraSec is the practice of ensuring a hardened, minimal attack surface for components we deploy on our network. Conventionally, modern InfraSec centers on “cloud security”; of course, we are ourselves a cloud provider, which makes the job more interesting.
- We run on our own hardware deployed in secure data centers like Equinix.
- Our platform networking runs over a WireGuard mesh with further BPF-based access controls. Everything is encrypted in transit, at multiple layers.
- Remote management is largely automated, and fully audited; remote access is done through an IdP-backed cert-based SSH system with transcript-level audit trails.
- Fly.io operates a large logging and metrics cluster (it’s a feature of our platform!).
- Our internal client/server services are locked down further with Mutual TLS.
- We work with upstream traffic providers to perform automated and manual DDoS mitigation.
- Compute jobs at Fly.io are virtualized using Firecracker, the virtualization engine developed at AWS as the engine for Lambda and Fargate.
- Customer information on databases and volumes at Fly.io is encrypted with the Linux LUKS block storage encryption secrets.
AppSec is the practice of ensuring software is secure by design, secured during development, secured with testing and review, and securely deployed.
- Our software is built in memory-safe programming languages, including Rust (for our Anycast forwarding path) and Golang (for our deployment and control plane).
- We make decisions that minimize our attack surface. Most interactions with Fly.io are well-described in a GraphQL API, and occur through flyctl, our open-source command-line tool.
- We perform internal code reviews with a modern, PR-based development workflow, and engage external testing firms to assess our software security.
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