[ANN] Vault 1.6.0-rc Released

Hi folks,

The Vault team has released the release candidate of HashiCorp Vault 1.6!

Open-source binaries can be downloaded at [1]. Enterprise binaries are available to customers as well.

As a reminder, if you believe you have found a security issue in Vault, please responsibly disclose by emailing security@hashicorp.com and do not use the public issue tracker. Our security policy and our PGP key can be found at [2].

The key features and improvements in this release candidate are:

  • Couchbase Secrets: Vault can now manage static and dynamic credentials for Couchbase.
  • Expanded Password Policy Support: Custom password policies[8] are now supported for all database engines.
  • Integrated Storage Auto Snapshots (Enterprise): This feature enables an operator to schedule snapshots of the integrated storage backend and ensure those snapshots are persisted elsewhere.
  • Integrated Storage Cloud Auto Join: This feature for integrated storage enables Vault nodes running in the cloud to automatically discover and join a Vault cluster via operator-supplied metadata.
  • Key Management Secrets Engine (Enterprise; Tech Preview): This new secret engine allows securely distributing and managing keys to Azure cloud KMS services.
  • Seal Migration: With Vault 1.6, we will support migrating from an auto unseal mechanism to a different mechanism of the same type. For example, if you were using an AWS KMS key to automatically unseal, you can now migrate to a different AWS KMS key.
  • Tokenization (Enterprise; Tech Preview): Tokenization supports creating irreversible “tokens” from sensitive data. Tokens can be used in less secure environments, protecting the original data.
  • Vault Client Count: The Vault web UI and API have been enhanced to display the number of active clients, unique entities, and active direct tokens.

See the Changelog at [3] for the full list of improvements and bug fixes.

OSS [5] and Enterprise [6] Docker images will be available soon.


See [4] for general upgrade instructions.

As always, we recommend upgrading and testing this release in an isolated environment. If you experience any non-security issues, please report them on the Vault GitHub issue tracker or post to the Vault Discuss Forum at [7].

We hope you enjoy the Vault 1.6 release candidate!

Sincerely, The Vault Team

[1] https://releases.hashicorp.com/vault/1.6.0-rc
[2] https://www.hashicorp.com/security
[3] https://github.com/hashicorp/vault/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#160-rc
[4] https://www.vaultproject.io/docs/upgrading
[5] https://hub.docker.com/_/vault
[6] https://hub.docker.com/r/hashicorp/vault-enterprise
[7] https://discuss.hashicorp.com/c/vault
[8] https://www.vaultproject.io/docs/concepts/password-policies


Hi there. Is this release supported on vSphere 7? Thanks!