Chapter 28. Using Ansible playbooks to manage RBAC privileges

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a policy-neutral access-control mechanism defined around roles, privileges, and permissions. Especially in large companies, using RBAC can help create a hierarchical system of administrators with their individual areas of responsibility.

This chapter describes the following operations for using Ansible playbooks to manage RBAC privileges in Identity Management (IdM):

Prerequisites

28.1. Using Ansible to ensure a custom IdM RBAC privilege is present

To have a fully-functioning custom privilege in Identity Management (IdM) role-based access control (RBAC), you need to proceed in stages:

  1. Create a privilege with no permissions attached.
  2. Add permissions of your choice to the privilege.

The following procedure describes how to create an empty privilege using an Ansible playbook so that you can later add permissions to it. The example describes how to create a privilege named full_host_administration that is meant to combine all IdM permissions related to host administration.

Prerequisites

  • You know the IdM administrator password.
  • You have installed the ansible-freeipa package on the Ansible control node.
  • You have created an Ansible inventory file with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the IdM server on which you want to do the configuring.
  • Your Ansible inventory file is located in the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory:

    $ cd ~/MyPlaybooks/
  2. Make a copy of the privilege-present.yml file located in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/ directory:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/privilege-present.yml privilege-present-copy.yml
  3. Open the privilege-present-copy.yml Ansible playbook file for editing.
  4. Adapt the file by setting the following variables in the ipaprivilege task section:

    • Set the ipaadmin_password variable to the password of the IdM administrator.
    • Set the name variable to the name of the new privilege, full_host_administration.
    • Optionally, describe the privilege using the description variable.

    This is the modified Ansible playbook file for the current example:

    ---
    - name: Privilege present example
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
    
      tasks:
      - name: Ensure privilege full_host_administration is present
        ipaprivilege:
          ipaadmin_password: Secret123
          name: full_host_administration
          description: This privilege combines all IdM permissions related to host administration
  5. Save the file.
  6. Run the Ansible playbook specifying the playbook file and the inventory file:

    $ ansible-playbook -v -i inventory privilege-present-copy.yml

28.2. Using Ansible to ensure member permissions are present in a custom IdM RBAC privilege

To have a fully-functioning custom privilege in Identity Management (IdM) role-based access control (RBAC), you need to proceed in stages:

  1. Create a privilege with no permissions attached.
  2. Add permissions of your choice to the privilege.

The following procedure describes how to use an Ansible playbook to add permissions to a privilege created in the previous step. The example describes how to add all IdM permissions related to host administration to a privilege named full_host_administration. By default, the permissions are distributed between the Host Enrollment, Host Administrators and Host Group Administrator privileges.

Prerequisites

  • You know the IdM administrator password.
  • You have installed the ansible-freeipa package on the Ansible control node.
  • You have created an Ansible inventory file with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the IdM server on which you want to do the configuring.
  • Your Ansible inventory file is located in the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory.
  • The full_host_administration privilege exists. For information on how to create a privilege using Ansible, see Using Ansible to ensure a custom IdM RBAC privilege is present.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory:

    $ cd ~/MyPlaybooks/
  2. Make a copy of the privilege-member-present.yml file located in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/ directory:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/privilege-member-present.yml privilege-member-present-copy.yml
  3. Open the privilege-member-present-copy.yml Ansible playbook file for editing.
  4. Adapt the file by setting the following variables in the ipaprivilege task section:

    • Adapt the name of the task to correspond to your use case.
    • Set the ipaadmin_password variable to the password of the IdM administrator.
    • Set the name variable to the name of the privilege.
    • Set the permission list to the names of the permissions that you want to include in the privilege.
    • Make sure that the action variable is set to member.

    This is the modified Ansible playbook file for the current example:

    ---
    - name: Privilege member present example
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
    
      tasks:
      - name: Ensure that permissions are present for the "full_host_administration" privilege
        ipaprivilege:
          ipaadmin_password: Secret123
          name: full_host_administration
          permission:
          - "System: Add krbPrincipalName to a Host"
          - "System: Enroll a Host"
          - "System: Manage Host Certificates"
          - "System: Manage Host Enrollment Password"
          - "System: Manage Host Keytab"
          - "System: Manage Host Principals"
          - "Retrieve Certificates from the CA"
          - "Revoke Certificate"
          - "System: Add Hosts"
          - "System: Add krbPrincipalName to a Host"
          - "System: Enroll a Host"
          - "System: Manage Host Certificates"
          - "System: Manage Host Enrollment Password"
          - "System: Manage Host Keytab"
          - "System: Manage Host Keytab Permissions"
          - "System: Manage Host Principals"
          - "System: Manage Host SSH Public Keys"
          - "System: Manage Service Keytab"
          - "System: Manage Service Keytab Permissions"
          - "System: Modify Hosts"
          - "System: Remove Hosts"
          - "System: Add Hostgroups"
          - "System: Modify Hostgroup Membership"
          - "System: Modify Hostgroups"
          - "System: Remove Hostgroups"
  5. Save the file.
  6. Run the Ansible playbook specifying the playbook file and the inventory file:

    $ ansible-playbook -v -i inventory privilege-member-present-copy.yml

28.3. Using Ansible to ensure an IdM RBAC privilege does not include a permission

As a system administrator of Identity Management (IdM), you can customize the IdM role-based access control.

The following procedure describes how to use an Ansible playbook to remove a permission from a privilege. The example describes how to remove the Request Certificates ignoring CA ACLs permission from the default Certificate Administrators privilege because, for example, the administrator considers it a security risk.

Prerequisites

  • You know the IdM administrator password.
  • You have installed the ansible-freeipa package on the Ansible control node.
  • You have created an Ansible inventory file with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the IdM server on which you want to do the configuring.
  • Your Ansible inventory file is located in the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory:

    $ cd ~/MyPlaybooks/
  2. Make a copy of the privilege-member-present.yml file located in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/ directory:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/privilege-member-absent.yml privilege-member-absent-copy.yml
  3. Open the privilege-member-absent-copy.yml Ansible playbook file for editing.
  4. Adapt the file by setting the following variables in the ipaprivilege task section:

    • Adapt the name of the task to correspond to your use case.
    • Set the ipaadmin_password variable to the password of the IdM administrator.
    • Set the name variable to the name of the privilege.
    • Set the permission list to the names of the permissions that you want to remove from the privilege.
    • Make sure that the action variable is set to member.
    • Make sure that the state variable is set to absent.

    This is the modified Ansible playbook file for the current example:

    ---
    - name: Privilege absent example
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
    
      tasks:
      - name: Ensure that the "Request Certificate ignoring CA ACLs" permission is absent from the "Certificate Administrators" privilege
        ipaprivilege:
          ipaadmin_password: Secret123
          name: Certificate Administrators
          permission:
          - "Request Certificate ignoring CA ACLs"
          action: member
          state: absent
  5. Save the file.
  6. Run the Ansible playbook specifying the playbook file and the inventory file:

    $ ansible-playbook -v -i inventory privilege-member-absent-copy.yml

28.4. Using Ansible to rename a custom IdM RBAC privilege

As a system administrator of Identity Management (IdM), you can customize the IdM role-based access control.

The following procedure describes how to rename a privilege because, for example, you have removed a few permissions from it. As a result, the name of the privilege is no longer accurate. In the example, the administrator renames a full_host_administration privilege to limited_host_administration.

Prerequisites

  • You know the IdM administrator password.
  • You have installed the ansible-freeipa package on the Ansible control node.
  • You have created an Ansible inventory file with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the IdM server on which you want to do the configuring.
  • Your Ansible inventory file is located in the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory.
  • The full_host_administration privilege exists. For more information on how to add a privilege, see Using Ansible to ensure a custom IdM RBAC privilege is present.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory:

    $ cd ~/MyPlaybooks/
  2. Make a copy of the privilege-present.yml file located in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/ directory:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/privilege-present.yml rename-privilege.yml
  3. Open the rename-privilege.yml Ansible playbook file for editing.
  4. Adapt the file by setting the following variables in the ipaprivilege task section:

    • Set the ipaadmin_password variable to the password of the IdM administrator.
    • Set the name variable to the current name of the privilege.
    • Add the rename variable and set it to the new name of the privilege.
    • Add the state variable and set it to renamed.
  5. Rename the playbook itself, for example:

    ---
    - name: Rename a privilege
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
  6. Rename the task in the playbook, for example:

    [...]
    tasks:
    - name: Ensure the full_host_administration privilege is renamed to limited_host_administration
      ipaprivilege:
      [...]

    This is the modified Ansible playbook file for the current example:

    ---
    - name: Rename a privilege
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
    
      tasks:
      - name: Ensure the full_host_administration privilege is renamed to limited_host_administration
        ipaprivilege:
          ipaadmin_password: Secret123
          name: full_host_administration
          rename: limited_host_administration
          state: renamed
  7. Save the file.
  8. Run the Ansible playbook specifying the playbook file and the inventory file:

    $ ansible-playbook -v -i inventory rename-privilege.yml

28.5. Using Ansible to ensure an IdM RBAC privilege is absent

As a system administrator of Identity Management (IdM), you can customize the IdM role-based access control. The following procedure describes how to use an Ansible playbook to ensure that an RBAC privilege is absent. The example describes how to ensure that the CA administrator privilege is absent. As a result of the procedure, the admin administrator becomes the only user capable of managing certificate authorities in IdM.

Prerequisites

  • You know the IdM administrator password.
  • You have installed the ansible-freeipa package on the Ansible control node.
  • You have created an Ansible inventory file with the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the IdM server on which you want to do the configuring.
  • Your Ansible inventory file is located in the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the ~/MyPlaybooks/ directory:

    $ cd ~/MyPlaybooks/
  2. Make a copy of the privilege-absent.yml file located in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/ directory:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/privilege/privilege-absent.yml privilege-absent-copy.yml
  3. Open the privilege-absent-copy.yml Ansible playbook file for editing.
  4. Adapt the file by setting the following variables in the ipaprivilege task section:

    • Set the ipaadmin_password variable to the password of the IdM administrator.
    • Set the name variable to the name of the privilege you want to remove.
    • Make sure that the state variable is set it to absent.
  5. Rename the task in the playbook, for example:

    [...]
    tasks:
    - name: Ensure privilege "CA administrator" is absent
      ipaprivilege:
      [...]

    This is the modified Ansible playbook file for the current example:

    ---
    - name: Privilege absent example
      hosts: ipaserver
      become: true
    
      tasks:
      - name: Ensure privilege "CA administrator" is absent
        ipaprivilege:
          ipaadmin_password: Secret123
          name: CA administrator
          state: absent
  6. Save the file.
  7. Run the Ansible playbook specifying the playbook file and the inventory file:

    $ ansible-playbook -v -i inventory privilege-absent-copy.yml

Additional resources

  • For more information on the concept of a privilege in IdM RBAC, see Privileges in IdM.
  • For more information on the concept of a permission in IdM RBAC, see Permissions in IdM.
  • For more sample Ansible playbooks that use the ipaprivilege module, see the README-privilege file available in the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/ directory. The file also contains the definitions of the ipaprivilege variables.
  • For more sample Ansible playbooks that use the ipaprivilege module, see the /usr/share/doc/ansible-freeipa/playbooks/ipaprivilege directory.