Deny container image execution via CloudForms 4.2 / OpenShift 3.4

I’ve been waiting for this feature since quite a while and its finally here and working. CloudForms 4.2 and OpenShift 3.4 have the ability combined of scanning docker images and define if the images are compliant or not. If the image is not compliant CloudForms annotates the image in OpenShift with true and if OpenShift is configured correctly it will deny execution the next time someone tries to run the container image.

Having this feature is really awesome as you can prevent someone from building a vulnerable image and deploying it multiple times. Also CloudForms can either have a policy set on the provider which auto scans newly discovered pods/images, schedule image registry scans or your check images on demand.

So here are the steps to get this working (a detailed description on what an image policy is can be found here:

1. First  login to the OpenShift Master and edit /etc/origin/master/master-config.yaml Add the following lines above apiLevels

2. Restart the OpenShift masters so that the policy will take effect.

3. Deploy a vulnerable image in OpenShift. In my case I named it testme.

4. Go to CloudForms and run a Smart State Analysis. Login to CloudForms and go to Compute -> Containers -> Container Images and choose the image you’ve just deployed via OpenShift.

5. Click on the image.  Then on the top left press “Perform Smart StateAnalysis”

6. If your admin in OpenShift you can go to the management-infra project and see that a new pod manageiq-img-scan is started (oc get pods). The image will pull your testme image down and check it for vulnerabilities. Once scanned (remember we did not add any policies yet) you will see the following:

7. Go to policy -> manage policy and check the box for OpenScap Profile Once checked go back to the policies and run “Check Compliance of last known configuration.

8. As I used a image which has known vulnerabilities the compliance status will show Non-Compliant.
What happens in the background as well is that CloudForms tells OpenShift to annotate the image with true

9. Go to your image id and copy your sha

10. Now in OpenShift check if the annotation exist. You can either check in the UI in OpenShift under image -> annotations or on the command line

11. Lets see if the policy catches and build a new container based of the above. As you can see below OpenShift denies running the above image!

12. If you want to remove the restriction your can use

Happy OpenShifting

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