Cassandra Update – Leap Second & JMX Security

Posted in: Cassandra, Technical Track

This is a short post about two things that should be on the to-do list for all Cassandra Administrators. The leap second issue and the new JMX default.

The Leap Second

Before we move on you should learn more about how the leap second affects Cassandra in more detail.

In short, you must update your JVM to version 7u60 or above. If you are on Cassandra 2.0.14+ or 2.1.x then all JVM on version 8 are safe and tested. One issue that the the JVM doesn’t solve is that time-series data might become interleaved. If is this is critical for your deployment (not for most cases) be aware of this.

JMX Security

Since Cassandra 2.0.14 and 2.1.4 the file sets the JMX to only listen to the localhost.  So unless you are fine with this you should enable remote access, while making sure you activate security!

Short version:

    1. Edit $CASSANDRA_CONF/ update and set LOCAL_JMX=no
    2. Create /etc/cassandra/jmxremote.password and add the username and password:
monitorRole QED
controlRole R&D
    1. Change ownership to the user you run Cassandra with and permission to read only:
chown cassandra:cassandra /etc/cassandra/jmxremote.password
chmod 400 /etc/cassandra/jmxremote.password
    1. Add the username defined before with readwrite permission to $JAVA_HOME/lib/management/jmxremote.access:
monitorRole readonly
USERNAME readwrite
controlRole readwrite \
create, \
  1. Re-start Cassandra


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About the Author

Carlos Rolo is a Datastax Certified Cassandra Architect, and has deep expertise with distributed architecture technologies. Carlos is driven by challenge, and enjoys the opportunities to discover new things and new ways of learning that come with working at Pythian. He has become known and trusted by customers and colleagues for his ability to understand complex problems, and to work well under pressure. He prides himself on being a tenacious problem solver, while remaining a calm and positive presence on any team. When Carlos isn’t working he can be found playing water polo or enjoying the his local community. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Electro-technical Engineering, and a Master of Control Systems and Automation.

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