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Single Sign-On Kubernetes operator for dex, which can provision, expose and manage a SSO proxy for a Kubernetes service.




Using Jenkins X

You can install the operator and its dependencies with Jenkins X. The only requirement is to have already allocated a DNS domain for your ingress controller.

You can execute the command bellow and then follow the wizard steps:

jx create addon sso 

Using Helm


The operator requires the dex identity provider and the cert-manager version v.0.6.0 to be installed into your cluster. You can install dexusing following helm chart, which pre-configures the GitHub connector, and uses the cert-manager service to retrieve the TLS certificates for dex gRPC API.

Before starting the installation, you have to create a GitHub OAuth App which should have as callback the https://DEX_DOMAIN/callback URL.

You can install the dex chart as follows:

helm upgrade -i --namespace <NAMESAPCE> --wait --timeout 600 dex \
         --set domain="<DEX_DOMAIN>" \
         --set connectors.github.config.clientID="<CLIENT_ID>" \ 
         --set connectors.github.config.clientSecret="<CLIENT_SECRET>" \
         --set connectors.github.config.orgs={ORG1,ORG2} \

The web endpoints provided by dex IdP have to be publicly exposed and secured with TLS. You can do this pretty easy, if you have the Jenkins X installed into your cluster.

Just executing the command:

jx upgrade ingress 

You can select TLS and provide your DEX_DOMAIN and email. This command will configure the ingress controller to fetch automatically the TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt CA server.

Install the operator

First, you will need to add the jenkins-x chart repository to your helm repositories:

helm repo add jenkins-x
helm repo update

You can now install the chart with:

helm install --namespace <NAMESPACE> --set dex.grpcHost=dex.<DEX_NAMESPACE> --name sso-operator jenkins-x/sso-operator 

Enable Single Sign-On for a service

After installing the operator, you can enable Single Sign-On for any Kubernetes service by creating a SSO custom resource.

Let's start by creating a basic Go http service with Jenkins X:

jx create quickstart -l Go --name golang-http

Within a few minutes, the service should be running in your staging environment. You can view the Kubernetes service created for it with:

kubectl get svc -n jx-staging

NAME           TYPE        CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)           AGE
golang-http    ClusterIP   <none>        80/TCP            1m
sso-operator   ClusterIP   <none>        80/TCP            6m

You can enable now the Single Sign-On for this service by creating a custom resource as follows:

cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: ""
kind: "SSO"
  name: "sso-golang-http"
  namespace: jx-staging
  oidcIssuerUrl: ""
  upstreamService: "golang-http"
  forwardToken: false
  domain: ""
  certIssuerName: "letsencrypt-prod"
  urlTemplate: "{{.Service}}.{{.Namespace}}.{{.Domain}}"
    name: "sso-golang-http"
    expire: "168h"
    refresh: "60m"
    secure: true
    httpOnly: true
  proxyImage: ""
  proxyImageTag: "v3.2.0"
      cpu: 100m
      memory: 256Mi
      cpu: 80m
      memory: 128Mi

Note: You will have to update oidcIssuerUrl and domain with your specific values.

A SSO proxy will be automatically created by the operator and publicly exposed under your domain with TLS enabled. You can see the proxy URL with:

kubectl get ingress -n jx-staging
NAME              HOSTS                                                             ADDRESS        PORTS     AGE
sso-golang-http                     80, 443   37m

You can open now the URL in a browser and check if Single Sign-On works with your GitHub user.

Extra configuration options

You may want to skip the exposecontroller step if you are creating the ingress rules for your application yourself. Here you can use the skipExposeService config.

cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: ""
kind: "SSO"
  name: "sso-golang-http"
  namespace: jx-staging
  skipExposeService: true


If you want to pull the proxyImage from a private registry you can set the proxyImagePullSecret config.

cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: ""
kind: "SSO"
  name: "sso-golang-http"
  namespace: jx-staging
  proxyImagePullSecret: "private-registry-secret"



Single Sign-On Kubernetes operator for Dex identity provider




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