Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Securing Apache HBase - part II

This is the second (and final for now) post in a short series of blog posts on securing Apache HBase. The first post looked at how to set up a standalone instance of HBase and how to authorize access to a table using Apache Ranger. In this post, we will look at how Apache Ranger can create "tag" based authorization policies for Apache HBase using Apache Atlas.

1) Start Apache Atlas and create entities/tags for HBase

First let's look at setting up Apache Atlas. Download the latest released version (0.8-incubating) and extract it. Build the distribution that contains an embedded HBase and Solr instance via:
  • mvn clean package -Pdist,embedded-hbase-solr -DskipTests
The distribution will then be available in 'distro/target/apache-atlas-0.8-incubating-bin'. To launch Atlas, we need to set some variables to tell it to use the local HBase and Solr instances:
  • export MANAGE_LOCAL_HBASE=true
  • export MANAGE_LOCAL_SOLR=true
Now let's start Apache Atlas with 'bin/'. Open a browser and go to 'http://localhost:21000/', logging on with credentials 'admin/admin'. Click on "TAGS" and create a new tag called "customer_data". Now click on "Search" and then follow the "Create new entity" link of type "hbase_table" with the following parameters:
  • Name: data
  • QualifiedName: data@cl1
  • Uri: data
Now add the 'customer_data' tag to the entity that we have created.

2) Use the Apache Ranger TagSync service to import tags from Atlas into Ranger

To create tag based policies in Apache Ranger, we have to import the entity + tag we have created in Apache Atlas into Ranger via the Ranger TagSync service. After building Apache Ranger then extract the file called "target/ranger-<version>-tagsync.tar.gz". Edit '' as follows:
  • Set TAG_SOURCE_ATLASREST_DOWNLOAD_INTERVAL_IN_MILLIS to "60000" (just for testing purposes)
Save '' and install the tagsync service via "sudo ./". Start the Apache Ranger admin service via "sudo ranger-admin start" and then the tagsync service via "sudo start".

3) Create Tag-based authorization policies in Apache Ranger

Now let's create a tag-based authorization policy in the Apache Ranger admin UI. Click on "Access Manager" and then "Tag based policies". Create a new Tag service called "HBaseTagService". Create a new policy for this service called "CustomerDataPolicy". In the "TAG" field enter a "c" and the "customer_data" tag should pop up, meaning that it was successfully synced in from Apache Atlas. Create an "Allow" condition for the user "bob" with the "Read" permission for the "HBase" component.

We also need to do is to go back to the Resource based policies and edit "cl1_hbase" and select the tag service we have created above. Now we are ready to test the authorization policy we have created with HBase. Start the shell as "bob" and we should be able to read the table we created in the first tutorial:
  • sudo -E -u bob bin/hbase shell
  • scan 'data'

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