Showing posts from November, 2012

OPA for HTTP Authorization

Open Policy Agent[1] is a promising, light weight and very generic policy engine to govern authorization is any type of domain. I found this comparion[2] very attractive in evaluating OPA for a project I am currently working on, where they demonstrate how OPA can cater same functionality defined in RBAC, RBAC with Seperation of Duty, ABAC and XACML.  
Here are the steps to a brief demonstration of OPA used for HTTP API authorization based on the sample [3], taking it another level up.
Running OPA Server First we need to download OPA from [4], based on the operating system we are running on.  For linux, curl -L -o opa Make it executable, chmod 755 ./opa Once done, we can start OPA policy engine as a server.
./opa run --server Define Data and Rules Next we need to load data and authorization rules to the server, so it can make decisions. OPA defines these in files in the format of .rego. Below is a sample …

Hadoop Single Node Set Up

With this post I am hoping to share the procedure to set up Apache Hadoop in single node. Hadoop is used in dealing with Big Data sets where deployment is happening on low-cost commodity hardware. It is a map-reduce framework which map segments of a job among the nodes in a cluster for execution. Though we will not see the exact power of Hadoop running it on single node, it is the first step towards the multi-node cluster. Single node set up is useful in getting familiar with the operations and debugging applications for accuracy, but the performance may be far low than what is achievable.
I am sharing the steps to be followed on a Linux system, as it is supported as both a development and a  production platform for Hadoop. Win32 is supported only as a development platform and equivalent commands for the given Linux commands need to be followed. This Hadoop document includes the details for setting up Hadoop, in brief. I am here sharing a detailed guidance for the set up process with…