So, I couldn't find a lot of good resources online when I went to do this yesterday, so I figured I would post what I did to accomplish this task.
This particular post will not try to explain the basics of Kubernetes Ingress controllers, if the need is there, I can write another post explaining more of the basics. Feel free to comment on the post if you would like me to do so.
First things first, let me start by clearing up a few things:
The first order of business is that I am in no way affiliated with NGINX or F5, I am just a fan of their products.
The NGINX Ingress Controller, provided by F5 (the company that owns NGINX) is not the same thing as the ingress-nginx controller (the ingress provided and maintained by the Kubernetes community).
I don't have anything against the ingress-nginx controller, but there are a number of things that the NGINX Ingress Controller does that ingress-nginx does not, and I needed those particular features. Again, if you would like a breakdown of the differences, I could write another post, but I feel like F5 did a decent job with this post:
Which NGINX Ingress Controller am I using?
Both are open source (but the NGINX Ingress Controller has a paid support option) and I'm pretty sure that the following steps can be performed with the ingress-nginx controller as well, but I've not tested it.
With that out of the way, here is what I did to enable BASIC AUTH using the NGINX Ingress Controller by F5.
So, my basic assumptions are these:
- You have a running Kubernetes cluster that you can access ... somewhere.
- You have the NGINX Ingress Controller installed (NGINX Plus is not necessary, but enabling snippets is necessary).
If you do not have the NGINX Ingress Controller installed, just follow the steps in the guides:
- Installation With Raw Kubernetes Manifests
- Installation with Helm
- Installation with the NGINX Ingress Controller Operator
The only real pre-work step is that you have to have a valid
.htpasswd file to provide to the controller pods.
In my case, I did the following in an Ubuntu container:
apt-get install apache2-utils
htpasswd -c .htpasswd <my_first_user>
<< The utility will ask you to input the password for the user >>
If you need more than a single user, feel free to rinse//repeat the
htpasswd -c ... step for as many users as you need.
I then just copied the contents of that file via
cat, but you could have just as easily mounted a local volume to the running container and saved the file there for easier use.
First, we have to add the contents of the .htpasswd file to either a ConfigMap or a Secret, and given the contents, I chose a Secret, so to do this, I created this resource:
# Contents of htpasswd.yaml
<< CONTENTS OF .HTPASSWD THAT YOU COPIED FROM PRE-WORK >>
and then simply applied it using
kubectl apply -f htpasswd.yaml, but feel free to call the file whatever you want.
If you happened to save the contents of the .htpasswd to a file before hand, you could have simply run
kubectl create secret generic htpasswd -n nginx --from-file=<your_file>, in hindsight, I would probably do this.
Now, we have to add this file the NGINX pods. To do this step, we need to get the deployment name that we have to edit:
kubectl get deployments -n nginx
NAME READY UP-TO-DATE AVAILABLE AGE
nginx-ingress 1/1 1 1 15d
Using this, we can simple edit the resource using the following command:
kubectl edit deployment nginx-ingress -n nginx
The modifications we have to make are as follows:
- name: nginx-ingress
# THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO ADD TO THE CONTAINER
- mountPath: /etc/apache2
# AND THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO ADD TO THE OVERALL SPEC
- key: .htpasswd
If you are comfortable with patching Kubernetes resources, that would be a viable alternative to just editing, but I was in a time crunch.
So now, the last step is you modify your ingress to actually use everything we have done up to this point. So again, we need to get the name of your ingress and edit it.
kubectl get ingresses
NAME CLASS HOSTS ADDRESS PORTS AGE
my-ingress nginx my-service.whatever.myTld 126.96.36.199 80,443 15d
Go ahead and edit your ingress like so:
kubectl edit ingress my-ingress
The only changes we need to make are to the annotations of the ingress, and the annotations we need to add are:
# THIS IS THE ADDITION
Once you save the resource, go ahead and try to access you ingress ... and voila! you are presented with a login popup that we are all so familiar with.
Yeah, basic auth is kind of dumb, but there are still reasons for it. If you are interested in paying for NGINX Plus you get access to automated JWT authentication and things of that nature, but I simply just didn't need all of that at this layer. Other ingress controllers (ambassador, kong, etc...) may make this process easier or not, but we don't use them, so that is the reason for this post.
Like I said, this may very well work with the ingress-nginx controller as well, but, I'll leave that to y'all to work out and report back.