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 https://github.com/open-policy-agent/opa/releases/download/v0.10.3/opa_linux_amd64 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 …

XACML 3.0 policies - Restricting Condition OR - 4

This is a follow up post of the previous post on "XACML 3.0 policies - Restricting Conditions" http://pushpalankajaya.blogspot.com/2013/06/xacml-30-policies-restricting.html. There we saw how to force a user to satisfy some distinct values for a given category. Here we will see how to force to satisfy at least one of the given distinct values for a given category. The requirement is defined as follows.

  1. The operation getEmployees in the service http://localhost:8280/services/Customers should only be accessed by the users who belongs to at least one of the group(s) of admin_emps and admin.
  2. Request to any other service or operation should fail
Here is the policy wrote to satisfy this requirement,

<Policy xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:core:schema:wd-17"  PolicyId="5" RuleCombiningAlgId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:rule-combining-algorithm:first-applicable" Version="1.0">
   <Description>Test Or</Description>
   <Target></Target>
   <Rule Effect="Permit" RuleId="primary-group-emps-rule">
      <Target>
         <AnyOf>
            <AllOf>
               <Match MatchId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:function:string-regexp-match">
                  <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">http://localhost:8280/services/Customers/getEmployees</AttributeValue>
                  <AttributeDesignator AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:resource:resource-id" Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:resource" DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string" MustBePresent="true"></AttributeDesignator>
               </Match>
               <Match MatchId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:function:string-equal">
                  <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">read</AttributeValue>
                  <AttributeDesignator AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:action:action-id" Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:action" DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string" MustBePresent="true"></AttributeDesignator>
               </Match>
            </AllOf>
         </AnyOf>
      </Target>
      <Condition>
         <Apply FunctionId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:function:string-at-least-one-member-of">
            <AttributeDesignator AttributeId="group" Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:group" DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string" MustBePresent="true"></AttributeDesignator>
            <Apply FunctionId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:function:string-bag">
               <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin_emps</AttributeValue>
               <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin</AttributeValue>
            </Apply>
         </Apply>
      </Condition>
   </Rule>
   <Rule Effect="Deny" RuleId="deny-rule"></Rule>
</Policy>

If this is compared to the previous policy, we can notice that only difference is with the FunctionId used inside 'Condition' element. Let's check whether this is working as intended with some requests.
  • Admin belonging to both the groups admin_emps and admin tries to access the operation 'http://localhost:8280/services/Customers/getEmployees'. Response: Permit
 <Request xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:core:schema:wd-17" CombinedDecision="false" ReturnPolicyIdList="false">
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:action">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:action:action-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">read</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:subject-category:access-subject">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:subject:subject-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:group">
    <Attribute AttributeId="group" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin_emps</AttributeValue>
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:resource">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:resource:resource-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">http://localhost:8280/services/Customers/getEmployees</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
</Request> 
  • Admin belonging to admin_emps group tries to access the operation 'http://localhost:8280/services/Customers/getEmployees'. Response: Permit
<Request xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:core:schema:wd-17" CombinedDecision="false" ReturnPolicyIdList="false">
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:action">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:action:action-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">read</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:subject-category:access-subject">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:subject:subject-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:group">
    <Attribute AttributeId="group" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">admin_emps</AttributeValue>
       </Attribute>
</Attributes>
<Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:resource">
    <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:resource:resource-id" IncludeInResult="false">
        <AttributeValue DataType="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string">http://localhost:8280/services/Customers/getEmployees</AttributeValue>
    </Attribute>
</Attributes>
</Request> 
               

Cheers!
References: Corresponding XACML 2.0 policy - FacileLogin
Here is the next post of the series, XACML 3.0 policies with multiple rules http://pushpalankajaya.blogspot.com/2013/06/xacml-30-policies-multiple-rules-5.html

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