Installing kube2iam in AWS Kubernetes EKS Cluster

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This is a follow up to Installing kube2iam in AWS Kubernetes Kops Cluster.

kube2iam allows a Kubernetes cluster in AWS to use different IAM roles for each pod, and prevents pods from accessing EC2 instance IAM roles.

Installation

Edit the node IAM role (ie. ​EKS-attractive-party-000-D-NodeInstanceRole-XXX) to allow nodes to assume different roles, changing the account id 123456789012 to yours or using "Resource": "*"
{
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
        {
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
                "sts:AssumeRole"
            ],
            "Resource": [
                "arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/k8s-*"
            ]
        }
    ]
}

Install kube2iam using the helm chart

helm install stable/kube2iam --name my-release \
  --namespace kube-system \
  --set=rbac.create=true,\
        extraArgs.auto-discover-base-arn=,\
        extraArgs.auto-discover-default-role=true,\
        host.iptables=true,\
        host.interface=eni+

Note the eni+ host interface name.

A curl to the metadata server from a new pod should return kube2iam

$ curl http://169.254.169.254/latest/meta-data/iam/security-credentials/
kube2iam

Role configuration

Create the roles that the pods can assume. They must start with k8s- (see the wildcard we set in the Resource above) and contain a trust relationship to the node pool role.

For instance, to allow access to the S3 bucket mybucket from a pod, create a role k8s-s3.

{
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
        {
            "Sid": "s3bucketActions",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": "s3:*",
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::mybucket",
       }
    ]
}

Then edit the trust relationship of the role to allow the node role (the role used by your nodes Auto Scaling Goup) to assume this role.

{
  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
    {
      "Sid": "",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Principal": {
        "Service": "ec2.amazonaws.com"
      },
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRole"
    },
    {
      "Sid": "",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Principal": {
        "AWS": "arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/nodes.example.com"
      },
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRole"
    }
  ]
}

Test it by launching a pod with the right annotations

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
metadata:
  name: aws-cli
  labels:
    name: aws-cli
  annotations:
    iam.amazonaws.com/role: k8s-s3
spec:
  containers:
  - image: fstab/aws-cli
    command:
      - "/home/aws/aws/env/bin/aws"
      - "s3"
      - "ls"
      - "some-bucket"
    name: aws-cli

Securing namespaces

kube2iam supports namespace restrictions so users can still launch pods but are limited to a predefined set of IAM roles that can assume.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Namespace
metadata:
  annotations:
    iam.amazonaws.com/allowed-roles: |
      ["my-custom-path/*"]
  name: default

One thought on “Installing kube2iam in AWS Kubernetes EKS Cluster

  1. Pingback: Installing kube2iam in AWS Kubernetes Kops Cluster | Carlos Sanchez's Weblog

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