Authenticate with Google
In this guide we will see how to authenticate users with your application by allowing them to log in to their Google account. This guide is just an example to get you started and does not cover all aspects of a complete setup, like setting up a domain and SSL certificates.
This feature requires Gloo Edge’s external auth server to communicate with an external OIDC provider/authorization server.
Because of this interaction, the OIDC flow may take longer than the default timeout of 200ms.
You can increase this timeout by setting the
requestTimeout value on external auth settings
The external auth settings can be configured on the global Gloo Edge
This guide assumes that you have deployed Gloo to the
gloo-system namespace and that the
glooctl command line utility
is installed on your machine.
glooctl provides several convenient functions to view, manipulate, and debug Gloo resources;
in particular, it is worth mentioning the following command, which we will use each time we need to retrieve the URL of
the Gloo Gateway that is running inside your cluster:
glooctl proxy url
Deploy sample application
petclinic application deploys a MySql server. If you are using
minikube v1.5 to run this guide, this
service is likely to crash due a
To get around this, you can start
minikube with the following flag:
minikube start --docker-opt="default-ulimit=nofile=102400:102400"
Let’s deploy a sample web application that we will use to demonstrate these features:
kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/solo-io/gloo/v1.14.x/example/petstore/petstore.yaml
Creating a Virtual Service
Now we can create a Virtual Service that routes all requests (note the
/all-pets prefix) to the
- exact: /all-pets
To verify that the Virtual Service has been accepted by Gloo Edge, let’s port-forward the Gateway Proxy service so that it is
reachable from you machine at
kubectl -n gloo-system port-forward svc/gateway-proxy 8080:80
If you open your browser and navigate to http://localhost:8080/all-pets you should see the following text (you might need to wait a minute for the containers to start):
Securing the Virtual Service
As we just saw, we were able to reach our application without having to provide any credentials. This is because by default Gloo Edge allows any request on routes that do not specify authentication configuration. Let’s change this behavior. We will update the Virtual Service so that each request to the sample application is authenticated using an OpenID Connect flow.
Register your application with Google
In order to use Google as our identity provider, we need to register our application with the Google API. To do so:
- Log in to the Google Developer Console
- If this is the first time using the console, create a project as prompted;
- Navigate to the OAuth consent screen menu item
- Input a name for your application in the Application name text field and select Internal as the Application type
- Click Save;
- Navigate to the Credentials menu item
- click Create credentials, and then OAuth client ID
- On the next page, select Web Application as the type of the client (as we are only going to use it for demonstration purposes),
- Enter a name for the OAuth client ID or accept the default value
- Under Authorized redirect URIs click on Add URI
- Enter the URI:
- Click Create
You will be presented with the client id and client secret for your application. Let’s store them in two environment variables:
CLIENT_ID=<your client id>
CLIENT_SECRET=<your client secret>
Create a client ID secret
Gloo Edge expects the client secret to stored in a Kubernetes secret. Let’s create the secret with the value of our
glooctl create secret oauth --namespace gloo-system --name google --client-secret $CLIENT_SECRET
Create an AuthConfig
The auth configuration format shown on this page was introduced with Gloo Enterprise, release 0.20.1. If you are using an earlier version, please refer to this page to see which configuration formats are supported by each version.
Now let’s create the
AuthConfig resource that we will use to secure our Virtual Service.
kubectl apply -f - <<EOF
The above configuration uses the new
oauth2 syntax. The older
oauth syntax is still supported, but has been deprecated.
Note this example explicitly allows insecure cookies (
session.cookieOptions.notSecure), so that it works in this guide using localhost. In a live hosted environment secured with TLS, you should not set this.
Notice how we set the
CLIENT_ID and reference the client secret we just created. The
callback_path matches the authorized redirect URI we added for the OAuth Client ID. Redirecting to an unauthorized URI would result in an error from the Google authentication flow.
Update the Virtual Service
Once the AuthConfig has been created, we can use it to secure our Virtual Service:
- prefix: /callback
- exact: /all-pets
This example is sending the
/callback prefix to
/login, a path that does not exist. The request will not be interpreted by the petstore service, but you could easily add code for the
/login path that would parse the state information from Google and use it to load a profile of the user.
Testing our configuration
Since we didn’t register an external URL, Google will only allow authentication with applications running on localhost for security reasons. We can make the Gloo Edge proxy available on localhost using
kubectl port-forward -n gloo-system deploy/gateway-proxy 8080 &
portForwardPid=$! # Store the port-forward pid so we can kill the process later
Now if you open your browser and go to http://localhost:8080/all-pets you should be redirected to the Google login screen:
If you provide your Google credentials, Gloo Edge should redirect you to the
/callback page, with the information from Google added as a query string.
If this does not work, one thing to check is the
requestTimeout setting on your
extauth Settings. See the warning in the setup section for more details.
If Gloo Edge is running on kubernetes, the extauth server logs can be viewed with:
kubectl logs -n gloo-system deploy/extauth -f
If the auth config has been received successfully, you should see the log line:
"logger":"extauth","caller":"runner/run.go:179","msg":"got new config"
To clean up the resources we created during this tutorial you can run the following commands:
kubectl delete virtualservice -n gloo-system default
kubectl delete authconfig -n gloo-system google-oidc
kubectl delete secret -n gloo-system google
kubectl delete -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/solo-io/gloo/v1.14.x/example/petstore/petstore.yaml