MinIO: invalid AEAD algorithm ID Server switching to safe mode

Trying to get MinIO going quick and dirty to test self-hosted S3 object storage.

It’s really easy to get going with it, and on startup it states:

Detected default credentials [..] please change the credentials immediately using 'MINIO_ACCESS_KEY' and 'MINIO_SECRET_KEY'

Instructions state:

On MinIO admin credentials or root credentials are only allowed to be changed using ENVs
[..]
Additionally if you wish to change the admin credentials, then MinIO will automatically detect this and re-encrypt with new credentials as shown below

export MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=newminio
export MINIO_SECRET_KEY=newminio123
export MINIO_ACCESS_KEY_OLD=minio
export MINIO_SECRET_KEY_OLD=minio123
minio server /data

OK.  Easy.

bash-4.2$ MINIO_SECRET_KEY_OLD=minioadmin MINIO_ACCESS_KEY_OLD=minioadmin \
> MINIO_SECRET_KEY=bar MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=foo \
> /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
ERROR Unable to validate credentials inherited from the shell environment: Invalid credentials
      > Please provide correct credentials
      HINT:
        Access key length should be at least 3, and secret key length at least 8 characters

Excellent, so those are the right levers:

bash-4.2$ MINIO_SECRET_KEY_OLD=minioadmin MINIO_ACCESS_KEY_OLD=minioadmin \
> MINIO_SECRET_KEY=bar12345 MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=foo1 \
> /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
Attempting encryption of all config, IAM users and policies on MinIO backend
Server startup failed with 'Unable to handle encrypted backend for config, iam and policies: madmin: invalid AEAD algorithm ID'
Server switching to safe mode
Please use 'mc admin config' commands fix this issue

I’ve not found any meaningful hits for this.

I’ve definitely not already reset the credentials ; firstly:

bash-4.2$ /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
[..]
Detected default credentials 'minioadmin:minioadmin', please change the credentials immediately using 'MINIO_ACCESS_KEY' and 'MINIO_SECRET_KEY'

Secondly, the error in that case is:

ERROR Unable to initialize server switching into safe-mode: Unable to initialize config system: Invalid credentials

And in attempting to prove it for this post:

bash-4.2$ MINIO_SECRET_KEY=wrong123 MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=wrong /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
Attempting encryption of all config, IAM users and policies on MinIO backend
[..]
AccessKey: wrong 
SecretKey: wrong123 

That’s wierd. Did I leave variables set?

bash-4.2$ set | grep MINIO
bash-4.2$ /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
ERROR Unable to initialize server switching into safe-mode: Unable to handle encrypted backend for config, iam and policies: Credentials missing
bash-4.2$ MINIO_SECRET_KEY=wrong123 MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=wrong /usr/local/bin/minio server /var/local/minio
[..]
AccessKey: wrong 
SecretKey: wrong123 

Nope.

Seems like providing the _OLD variables on a fresh install doesn’t work.

Now I’ve got it working, I can see that this is probably what the docs actually say:

Credentials

On MinIO admin credentials or root credentials are only allowed to be changed using ENVs namely MINIO_ACCESS_KEY and MINIO_SECRET_KEY. Using the combination of these two values MinIO encrypts the config stored at the backend.

But on initialization, it says: I have credentials.  Reset them.  So, I tried to.  Just me?

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