K8s-authz is a Kubernetes (k8s) RBAC & ABAC authorization middleware based on Casbin. This middleware uses K8s validation admission webhook to check the policies defined by casbin, for every request related to the pods. These custom admission controllers perform some kind of validation on the request object that was forwarded by api server and based on a logic, sends back a response to api server that contains information on whether to allow or reject the request. These controllers are registered with Kubernetes using the ValidatingAdmissionWebhook.
The K8s API server needs to know when to send the incoming request to our admission controller. For this part, we have defined a validation webhook which would proxy the requests for the pods and perform policy verification on it. The user would be allowed to perform the operations on the pods, only if the casbin enforcer authorizes it. The enforcer checks the roles of the user defined in the policies. This middleware would be deployed on the K8s cluster.
Before proceeding, make sure to have the following-
- A running k8s Cluster. You can either run the clusters through Docker by enabling it on the Docker Desktop or you can setup the complete K8s ecosytem locally or on your server. You can follow this detailed guide to setup the k8s cluster locally on Windows or this guide if want to setup for Linux.
- Kubectl CLI This is the guide to setup it on Windows and this guide for Linux.
- Generate the certificates and keys for every user by using openssl and running make certs or the following script:-
- Build the docker image from the Dockerfile manually by running the following command and then change the build version here and at the deployment file, as per the builds.
docker build -t casbin/k8s_authz:0.1 .
Deploy the validation controller and the webhook on k8s cluster by running:-
kubectl apply -f deployment.yaml
Now the server should be running and ready to validate the requests for the operations on the pods.
In case of any query, you can ask on on our gitter channel.