Verrazzano uses Kubernetes Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to protect Verrazzano resources.
Verrazzano includes a set of roles that can be granted to users, enabling access to Verrazzano resources managed by Kubernetes. In addition, Verrazzano creates a number of roles that grant permissions needed by various Verrazzano system components (operators and third-party components).
Verrazzano creates default role bindings during installation and for projects, at project creation or update.
NOTEKubernetes RBAC must be enabled in every cluster to which Verrazzano is deployed or access control will not work. RBAC is enabled by default in most Kubernetes environments.
Verrazzano user roles
The following table lists the defined Verrazzano user roles. Each is a ClusterRole intended to be granted directly to users or groups. (In some scenarios, it may be appropriate to grant a user role to a service account.)
|Manage Verrazzano system components, clusters, and projects. Install/update Verrazzano.
|View/monitor Verrazzano system components, clusters, and projects.
Kubernetes user roles
Verrazzano roles do not include permissions for Kubernetes itself. Instead, it relies on the default user roles provided by Kubernetes. This allows Verrazzano to easily grant the Kubernetes access appropriate to a Verrazzano role, without having to maintain a long list of fine-grained Kubernetes permissions in the Verrazzano roles.
The following table shows the default Kubernetes roles that are granted by default for each Verrazzano role.
Default role bindings
Verrazzano creates role bindings for the system and for projects, binding Verrazzano ClusterRoles to one or more Kubernetes Subjects. By default, each role is bound to a Keycloak group, so all Keycloak users who are members of that group will be granted the role.
Also, Verrazzano creates role bindings for the corresponding Kubernetes user roles. The Kubernetes role appropriate for a given Verrazzano role is bound to the same set of Subjects as the corresponding Verrazzano role.
The default bindings can be overridden by specifying one or more Kubernetes Subjects to which the role should be bound. Any valid Subject can be specified (user, group, or service account), but two caveats should be kept in mind:
- It’s generally better to grant a role to a group, rather than a specific user, so that roles can be granted (or withdrawn) by editing a user’s group memberships, rather than deleting a role binding and creating a new one.
- If you do want to grant a role directly to a specific user, the user must be specified using its unique ID, not its user name. This is because the authentication proxy impersonates the
sub(subject) field from the user’s token, which contains the ID. Keycloak user IDs are guaranteed to be unique, unlike user names.
Default system role bindings
Verrazzano creates role bindings for system users during installation. The default role bindings are listed below.
|Default Binding Subject
Default project role bindings
Verrazzano creates role bindings for project users at project creation or update. The default role bindings are listed below.
|Default Binding Subject
NOTEThe role bindings for project roles are created automatically, but the project-specific groups that they refer to are not automatically created. You must create those groups using the Keycloak console or API, or specify different binding subjects for the project.
Override default role bindings
You can override the default role bindings that are created for system and project roles.
Override system role bindings
To override the set of subjects that are bound to Verrazzano (and Kubernetes) roles during installation, add the Subjects to the Verrazzano CR you use to install Verrazzano, as shown in the following example:
- name: admin-group
- name: view-group
You can specify multiple subjects for both admin and monitor roles. You can also specify a subject or subjects for one role, but not the other. If no subjects are specified for a role, then the default binding subjects will be used.
Override project role bindings
To override the set of subjects that are bound to Verrazzano (and Kubernetes) roles for a project, add the Subjects to the VerrazzanoProject CR for the project, as shown in the example below.
Note that the generated role bindings will be updated if you update the VerrazzanoProject CR and change the subjects specified for either role.
- name: my-project-admin-group
- name: my-project-view-group
As with the system role bindings, you can specify multiple subjects for both project-admin and project-monitor roles. You can also specify a subject or subjects for one role, but not the other. If no subjects are specified for a role, then the default binding subjects will be used.
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