Professional Bastion

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Note

This chart has been replaced by Secure Remote Access Bastion

Akeyless Professional Bastion provides SSH connections with short lived signed certificate authentication, together with session recording.

This chart bootstraps a Akeyless-Professional-Bastion deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.

To spin Akeyless Professional-Bastion using docker please refer to the last section on this page.

Prerequisites

Storage

Currently, the helm chart requires a storage class with ReadWriteMany access modes.
Since a storage class is more environment specific, you will need to provide one before proceeding. In addition, please provide 2 PersistentVolumes with persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy: retain and reference those PVs in the values.yaml file

e.g when running on AWS with EKS: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/efs-csi.html

Network

When using SSH sessions behind load balancer such as ELB, the session can be closed due to idle connection timeout, so its advise to increase it to a reasonable high value, or event unlimited.

e.g when running on AWS with ELB: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/latest/classic/config-idle-timeout.html?icmpid=docs_elb_console

Horizontal Auto-Scaling

Horizontal auto-scaling is based on the HorizontalPodAutoscaler object.
For it to work properly, Kubernetes metrics server must be installed in the cluster - https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/metrics-server

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Note:

To enable Secure Remote Access features you will have to get an access-key to Akeyless private repository. Please contact your Account Manager for more details.

Installing the Chart

Add Akeyless helm charts repository to your Helm repository list:

helm repo add akeyless https://akeylesslabs.github.io/helm-charts
helm repo update

The values.yaml file holds default values, replace the values with the ones from your environment where needed.

https://github.com/akeylesslabs/helm-charts/tree/main/charts/akeyless-ssh-bastion

If you don't have an SSH certificate ready, please follow this guide on how to create SSH Cert issuer with Akeyless vault and set your CA Public key in the values.yaml file.

The following parameters are mandatory:

Parameter

Defualt

Info

dockerRepositoryCreds

N\A

Credentials to access Akeyless private image

apiGatewayURL

https://rest.akeyless.io

A full URL of Akeyless API GW

CAPublicKey

N\A

SSH Cert Issuer CA Public key

privilegedAccess

N\A

Credentials for zero-trust access: If provided, it is possible for end users to have only "list" permissions on Akeyless items if privileged credentials have "read" access

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Tip

Akeyless supports session termination, which can be configured as part of this chart deployment.
To enable session termination please set your Okta\Keycloak apiURL and apiToken under sessionTermination section.

Install the chart:

helm install <RELEASE NAME>  akeyless/akeyless-ssh-proxy -f values.yaml

Validate that Akeyless SSH pod is running.

Installing Akeyless Professional Bastion via Docker

To deploy Akeyless Professional Bastion via Docker, you will have to provide a mount path which should contain the following files:

  1. ca.pub - SSH Cert Issuer CA Public key.
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAA...
  1. akeyless_config_file - this file should contain the following information:
https://rest.akeyless.io
cmd=auth&access-id=<access-ID>&<access-key>
docker run --name ssh_bastion -d -p 0.0.0.0:2222:22 -p 0.0.0.0:9900:9900 \
       -v </path/to/akeyless_config_file/>:/var/akeyless/creds \
       --cap-add=SYS_ADMIN akeyless/ssh-proxy:latest
docker run --name ssh_bastion -d -p 0.0.0.0:2222:22 -p 0.0.0.0:9900:9900 \
       -v </path/to/akeyless_config_file/>:/var/akeyless/creds \
       --privileged akeyless/ssh-proxy:latest

To add log forwarding capabilities please add those options to the command:

-v <path/to/logs/folder>:/tmp/ssh_logs \
-v <path/to/log_forwarding.conf>:/var/akeyless/conf/logand.conf

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