Securing Kong Manager
What Can Admins Do in Kong Manager?
Kong Manager enables users with Admin accounts to access Kong entities such
as Services, Plugins, and Consumers.
The following document summarizes Kong Manager’s controls for authentication
Kong Enterprise comes packaged with Authentication Plugins that can be used
to secure Kong Manager. Unlike enabling a Plugin on an entity or cluster,
enabling an Authentication Plugin for only Kong Manager requires turning
admin_gui_auth to the desired type, proper
admin_gui_session_conf, and configuring
Kong Manager currently supports the following Authentication Plugins:
In addition to the Authentication Plugins above, the new
is now required when RBAC is enabled. It sends HTTP cookies to authenticate
client requests and maintain session information.
⚠️Important: the Sessions Plugin requries a secret and is configured
securely by default.
- Under all circumstances, the
secret must be manually set to a string.
- If using HTTP instead of HTTPS,
cookie_secure must be manually set to
- If using different domains for the Admin API and Kong Manager,
cookie_samesite must be set to
Learn more about these properties in
Session Security in Kong Manager,
and see example configurations.
Access Control with Roles and Workspaces
An Admin belongs to a Workspace and should have at least one Role
with a set of Permissions. If an Admin is in a Workspace without
a Role, they will not have the ability to see or interact with anything.
By creating separate
an organization with multiple teams can segment its Kong cluster so that
different teams do not have access to each other’s Kong entities.
Kong Enterprise implements Role-Based Access Control
Admins are assigned Roles that have clearly defined Permissions. A
Super Admin has the ability to:
- further customize Permissions
- create entirely new Roles
- invite or deactivate Admins
- assign or revoke their Roles
In Kong Manager, limiting Permissions also restricts the visibility of the
application interface and navigation. Learn more about RBAC in Kong Manager in
RBAC in Kong Manager.