Configuring Control Center with LDAP authentication

Confluent Control Center provides HTTP Basic Authentication via JAAS.

The following tutorial describes the steps necessary to enable HTTP Basic Authentication backed by LDAP. This includes but is not limited to the Active Directory LDAP implementation.

Configure Control Center

  1. Create a JAAS configure file with the following content and save as control-center-jaas.conf.

    c3 {
      org.eclipse.jetty.jaas.spi.LdapLoginModule required
    
      useLdaps="false"
      contextFactory="com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory"
      hostname="ad.confluent.io"
      port="389"
      bindDn="cn=admin,dc=confluent,dc=io"
      bindPassword="password"
      authenticationMethod="simple"
      forceBindingLogin="true"
      userBaseDn="ou=People,dc=confluent,dc=io"
      userRdnAttribute="sAMAccountName"
      userIdAttribute="sAMAccountName"
      userPasswordAttribute="userPassword"
      userObjectClass="user"
      roleBaseDn="ou=Groups,DC=confluent,DC=org"
      roleNameAttribute="cn"
      roleMemberAttribute="member"
      roleObjectClass="group";
    };
    
  2. Add these configuration options to the Control Center configuration file (control-center.properties).

    # The name of the configuration block in the jaas configuration
    confluent.controlcenter.rest.authentication.realm=c3
    # HTTP authentication type
    confluent.controlcenter.rest.authentication.method=BASIC
    # To enabled restricted access,  add this line
    confluent.controlcenter.auth.restricted.roles=RestrictedGroupName
    # Add roles defined in the JAAS config file here
    confluent.controlcenter.rest.authentication.roles=c3users,RestrictedGroupName
    

Note that Control Center allows restricted access, no editing or creating is allowed via the UI. For more information about Control Center configuration, see Control Center Parameter Reference.

Start Control Center

You must pass a few system flags to the JVM at Control Center start up. To do so, export the CONTROL_CENTER_OPTS flag as shown below. Note: /path/to should be replaced with actual values.

CONTROL_CENTER_OPTS="-Djava.security.auth.login.config=/path/to/propertyfile.jaas" \
control-center-start /path/to/control-center.properties``

Configure LdapLoginModule

Configure the LdapLoginModule.

debug
Indicate whether to turn on debug output.
contextFactory
Specify the LDAP context factory class, for example, com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.
providerUrl
Specify the LDAP URL for the server, for example, ldap://server:389, ldaps://server:636.
bindDn
Optional. If not using “binding” authentication, set this to the root DN that should bind, for example, cn=administrator,dc=confluent,dc=io.
bindPassword
Specify the password for bind DN. Note: The bindDn and bindPassword must escape any special characters with  character. Special characters include backslash (\) and the exclamation point (!).
authenticationMethod
Specify the authentication method, for example simple.
forceBindingLogin
Indicate whether to bind as the user that is authenticating (true), otherwise bind as the manager and perform a search to verify user password (false).
forceBindingLoginUseRootContextForRoles
Indicate whether role membership searches will be performed in the root context. If set to true and forceBindingLogin is true, then role membership searches will be performed in the root context, rather than in the bound user context.
userBaseDn
Specify the base DN to search for users, example: ou=People,dc=cops,dc=confluent,dc=io.
userRdnAttribute
Specify the attribute name for username, used when searching for user role membership by DN, default uid.
userIdAttribute
Specify the attribute name to identify user by username. The default value is acn.
userPasswordAttribute
Specify the attribute name for user password. The default value is userPassword.
userObjectClass
Specify the attribute name for user object class. The default value is inetOrgPerson.
roleBaseDn
Specify the base DN for role membership search, for example, ou=Groups,dc=cops,dc=confluent,dc=io.
roleNameAttribute
Specify the attribute name for role name. The default value is roleName.
roleMemberAttribute
Specify the attribute name for a role that would contain a user’s DN. The default value is uniqueMember.
roleUsernameMemberAttribute
Specify the attribute name for a role that would contain a user’s username. If set, this overrides the roleMemberAttribute behavior.
roleObjectClass
Specify the object class for role. The default value is groupOfUniqueNames.
rolePrefix
Specify the prefix string to remove from role names before returning to the application, for example, confluent\_.
cacheDurationMillis
Specify the duration that authorization should be cached, in milliseconds. The default value is 0. A value of 0 indicates no caching should be used.
reportStatistics
Indicate whether to send output cache statistics to the log.