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Google Secret Manager Provider for Secret Store CSI Driver


Google Secret Manager provider for the Secret Store CSI Driver. Allows you to access secrets stored in Secret Manager as files mounted in Kubernetes pods.


  • Create a new GKE cluster with Workload Identity or enable Workload Identity on an existing cluster.
  • Install the Secret Store CSI Driver v1.0.1 or higher to the cluster.
  • Install the Google plugin DaemonSet & additional RoleBindings:
kubectl apply -f deploy/provider-gcp-plugin.yaml
# if you want to use helm
# helm upgrade --install secrets-store-csi-driver-provider-gcp charts/secrets-store-csi-driver-provider-gcp

NOTE: The driver's rotation and secret syncing functionality is still in Alpha and requires additional installation steps.


The provider will use the workload identity of the pod that a secret is mounted onto when authenticating to the Google Secret Manager API. For this to work the workload identity of the pod must be configured and appropriate IAM bindings must be applied.

  • Setup the workload identity service account.
$ export PROJECT_ID=<your gcp project>
$ gcloud config set project $PROJECT_ID
# Create a service account for workload identity
$ gcloud iam service-accounts create gke-workload

# Allow "default/mypod" to act as the new service account
$ gcloud iam service-accounts add-iam-policy-binding \
    --role roles/iam.workloadIdentityUser \
    --member "serviceAccount:$[default/mypodserviceaccount]" \
  • Create a secret that the workload identity service account can access
# Create a secret with 1 active version
$ echo "foo" >
$ gcloud secrets create testsecret --replication-policy=automatic
$ rm

# grant the new service account permission to access the secret
$ gcloud secrets add-iam-policy-binding testsecret \
    --member=serviceAccount:gke-workload@$ \
  • Try it out the example which attempts to mount the secret "test" in $PROJECT_ID to /var/secrets/good1.txt and /var/secrets/good2.txt
$ ./scripts/
$ kubectl exec -it mypod /bin/bash
root@mypod:/# ls /var/secrets

Security Considerations

This plugin is built to ensure compatibility between Secret Manager and Kubernetes workloads that need to load secrets from the filesystem. It also enables syncing of those secrets to Kubernetes-native secrets for consumption as environment variables.

When evaluating this plugin consider the following threats:

  • When a secret is accessible on the filesystem, application vulnerabilities like directory traversal attacks can become higher severity as the attacker may gain the ability to read the secret material.
  • When a secret is consumed through environment variables, misconfigurations such as enabling a debug endpoint or including dependencies that log process environment details may leak secrets.
  • When syncing secret material to another data store (like Kubernetes Secrets), consider whether the access controls on that data store are sufficiently narrow in scope.

For these reasons, when possible we recommend using the Secret Manager API directly (using one of the provided client libraries, or by following the REST or GRPC documentation).


Please see the contributing guidelines.


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