Operator RBAC setup

If RBAC is in place, users need to setup RBAC rules for etcd operator. This doc serves a tutorial for it.

Quick setup

If you just want to play with etcd operator, there is a quick setup.

It assumes that your cluster has an admin role. For example, on Tectonic, there is a admin ClusterRole. We are using that here.

Modify or export env $TEST_NAMESPACE to a new namespace, then create it:

$ kubectl create ns $TEST_NAMESPACE

Then create cluster role binding:

$ cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: example-etcd-operator
  apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: admin
- kind: ServiceAccount
  name: default
  namespace: $TEST_NAMESPACE

Now you can start playing. One you are done, clean them up:

$ kubectl delete clusterrolebinding example-etcd-operator
$ kubectl delete ns $TEST_NAMESPACE

Production setup

For production, we recommend users to limit access to only the resources operator needs, and create a specific role, for the operator.

The example below binds a role to the default service account in the namespace that the etcd-operator is running in. To bind to a different serviceaccount modify the subjects.name field in the rolebinding templates as needed.

Role vs ClusterRole

The permission model required for the etcd-operator depends on the value of its --create-crd flag:

  • --create-crd=true This the default behavior in which the operator will first try to create the CRD if it doesn't exist
    • In this mode the operator requires a ClusterRole with the permission to create a CRD.
  • --create-crd=false The operator skips creating the CRD before creating the CR
    • In this mode the operator can be run with just a Role without the permission to create a CRD.

Setup RBAC

Setup the RBAC rules using either a ClusterRole or Role depending on the use case as shown below.

Modify and export the following environment variables. These will be used to fill out the RBAC templates:

export ROLE_NAME=<role-name>
export ROLE_BINDING_NAME=<role-binding-name>
export NAMESPACE=<namespace>

RBAC with ClusterRole (create-crd=true)

  1. Create a ClusterRole:

     sed -e "s/<ROLE_NAME>/${ROLE_NAME}/g" example/rbac/cluster-role-template.yaml \
       | kubectl create -f -
  2. Create a ClusterRoleBinding which binds the default serviceaccount in the namespace to the ClusterRole:

     sed -e "s/<ROLE_NAME>/${ROLE_NAME}/g" \
       -e "s/<NAMESPACE>/${NAMESPACE}/g" \
       example/rbac/cluster-role-binding-template.yaml \
       | kubectl create -f -

RBAC with Role (create-crd=false)

  1. Create a Role:

     sed -e "s/<ROLE_NAME>/${ROLE_NAME}/g" \
       -e "s/<NAMESPACE>/${NAMESPACE}/g" \
       example/rbac/role-template.yaml \
       | kubectl create -f -
  2. Create a RoleBinding which binds the default serviceaccount in the namespace to the Role:

     sed -e "s/<ROLE_NAME>/${ROLE_NAME}/g" \
       -e "s/<NAMESPACE>/${NAMESPACE}/g" \
       example/rbac/role-binding-template.yaml \
       | kubectl create -f -