"No XML encryptor configured" - Should I worry?

Hi! I managed to install Bitwarden in my home server. Everything seems to work great and I’m very happy.
However, after inspecting the logs (via Portainer) I noticed this message:

warn: Microsoft.AspNetCore.DataProtection.KeyManagement.XmlKeyManager[35]
      No XML encryptor configured. Key {15ff6531-c464-481a-9z8d-8808286xxxxx} may be persisted to storage in unencrypted form.

Do you have any idea on what this means? Should I do something about it?


Hi @Issam2204 - what instructions did you follow to install Bitwarden server and what OS are you using? It makes a difference because there are different ways to install the software.

Hi David, I used the instructions detailed here: https://bitwarden.com/help/install-on-premise-linux/.

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.01 LTS x64 within a virtual machine in Proxmox.

To be more precise, that warning is thrown from the bitwarden-events container.

I opened two threads because they were two different messages, sorry for that.

No problem at all. Just trying to keep things neat.

The error seems to be related to MS SQL Server components, but I don’t have enough familiarity to know how critical this warning might be. Given that it is only a warning and does not affect operation of SQL Server, my guess is that it not an issue to worry about.

Perhaps others with more experience will chime in, as well.

Thanks for the info David.

In the meantime I checked all the containers’ logs, and I can say that the following containers return the same warning about the XML descriptors:


If you have concerns, I recommend that you reach out to Bitwarden support for verification:

@Issam2204 Did you manage to find a solution?

Yes, the Bitwarden official support replied with the following: