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ISSUE-180 Updating CluserRole to include userextras/remote-client-ip

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kube-oidc-proxy is an experimental tool that we would like to get feedback on from the community. Jetstack makes no guarantees on the soundness of the security in this project, nor any suggestion that it's 'production ready'. This server sits in the critical path of authentication to the Kubernetes API.


kube-oidc-proxy is a reverse proxy server to authenticate users using OIDC to Kubernetes API servers where OIDC authentication is not available (i.e. managed Kubernetes providers such as GKE, EKS, etc).

This intermediary server takes kubectl requests, authenticates the request using the configured OIDC Kubernetes authenticator, then attaches impersonation headers based on the OIDC response from the configured provider. This impersonated request is then sent to the API server on behalf of the user and it's response passed back. The server has flag parity with secure serving and OIDC authentication that are available with the Kubernetes API server as well as client flags provided by kubectl. In-cluster client authentication is also available when running kube-oidc-proxy as a pod.

Since the proxy server utilises impersonation to forward requests to the API server once authenticated, impersonation is disabled for user requests to the API server.

kube-oidc-proxy demo

The following is a diagram of the request flow for a user request. kube-oidc-proxy request flow


Directions on how to deploy OIDC authentication with multi-cluster can be found here. or there is a helm chart.


Deployment yamls can be found in ./deploy/yaml and will require configuration to an exiting OIDC issuer.

This quickstart demo will assume you have a Kubernetes cluster without OIDC authentication, as well as an OIDC client created with your chosen provider. We will be using a Service with type LoadBalancer to expose it to the outside world. This can be changed depending on what is available and what suites your set up best.

Firstly deploy kube-oidc-proxy and it's related resources into your cluster. This will create it's Deployment, Service Account and required permissions into the newly created kube-oidc-proxy Namespace.

$ kubectl apply -f ./deploy/yaml/kube-oidc-proxy.yaml
$ kubectl get all --namespace kube-oidc-proxy

This deployment will fail until we create the required secrets. Notice we have also not provided any client flags as we are using the in-cluster config with it's Service Account.

We now wait until we have an external IP address provisioned.

$ kubectl get service --namespace kube-oidc-proxy

We need to generate certificates for kube-oidc-proxy to securely serve. These certificates can be generated through cert-manager, more information about this project found here.

Next, populate the OIDC authenticator Secret using the secrets given to you by your OIDC provider in ./deploy/yaml/secrets.yaml. The OIDC provider CA will be different depending on which provider you are using. The easiest way to obtain the correct certificate bundle is often by opening the providers URL into a browser and fetching them there (typically output by clicking the lock icon on your address bar). Google's OIDC provider for example requires CAs from both and

Apply the secret manifests.

kubectl apply -f ./deploy/yaml/secrets.yaml

You can restart the kube-oidc-proxy pod to use these new secrets now they are available.

kubectl delete pod --namespace kube-oidc-proxy kube-oidc-proxy-*

Finally, create a Kubeconfig to point to kube-oidc-proxy and set up your OIDC authenticated Kubernetes user.

apiVersion: v1
- cluster:
    certificate-authority: *
    server: https://[url|ip:443]
  name: *
- context:
    cluster: *
    user: *
  name: *
kind: Config
preferences: {}
- name: *
        client-id: *
        client-secret: *
        id-token: *
        idp-issuer-url: *
        refresh-token: *
      name: oidc



NOTE: building kube-oidc-proxy requires Go version 1.12 or higher.

To help with development, there is a suite of tools you can use to deploy a functioning proxy from source locally. You can read more here.