Before you can use the Security Profiles Operator, you must ensure the Operator is deployed in the cluster.

Installing the Security Profiles Operator

  • You must have admin privileges.

  1. In the OKD web console, navigate to OperatorsOperatorHub.

  2. Search for the Security Profiles Operator, then click Install.

  3. Keep the default selection of Installation mode and namespace to ensure that the Operator will be installed to the openshift-security-profiles namespace.

  4. Click Install.


To confirm that the installation is successful:

  1. Navigate to the OperatorsInstalled Operators page.

  2. Check that the Security Profiles Operator is installed in the openshift-security-profiles namespace and its status is Succeeded.

If the Operator is not installed successfully:

  1. Navigate to the OperatorsInstalled Operators page and inspect the Status column for any errors or failures.

  2. Navigate to the WorkloadsPods page and check the logs in any pods in the openshift-security-profiles project that are reporting issues.

Installing the Security Profiles Operator using the CLI

  • You must have admin privileges.

  1. Define a Namespace object:

    Example namespace-object.yaml
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Namespace
        name: openshift-security-profiles
      openshift.io/cluster-monitoring: "true"
  2. Create the Namespace object:

    $ oc create -f namespace-object.yaml
  3. Define an OperatorGroup object:

    Example operator-group-object.yaml
    apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1
    kind: OperatorGroup
      name: security-profiles-operator
      namespace: openshift-security-profiles
  4. Create the OperatorGroup object:

    $ oc create -f operator-group-object.yaml
  5. Define a Subscription object:

    Example subscription-object.yaml
    apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1alpha1
    kind: Subscription
      name: security-profiles-operator-sub
      namespace: openshift-security-profiles
      channel: release-alpha-rhel-8
      installPlanApproval: Automatic
      name: security-profiles-operator
      source: redhat-operators
      sourceNamespace: openshift-marketplace
  6. Create the Subscription object:

    $ oc create -f subscription-object.yaml

If you are setting the global scheduler feature and enable defaultNodeSelector, you must create the namespace manually and update the annotations of the openshift-security-profiles namespace, or the namespace where the Security Profiles Operator was installed, with openshift.io/node-selector: “”. This removes the default node selector and prevents deployment failures.

  1. Verify the installation succeeded by inspecting the following CSV file:

    $ oc get csv -n openshift-security-profiles
  2. Verify that the Security Profiles Operator is operational by running the following command:

    $ oc get deploy -n openshift-security-profiles

Configuring logging verbosity

The Security Profiles Operator supports the default logging verbosity of 0 and an enhanced verbosity of 1.

  • To enable enhanced logging verbosity, patch the spod configuration and adjust the value by running the following command:

    $ oc -n openshift-security-profiles patch spod \
        spod --type=merge -p '{"spec":{"verbosity":1}}'
    Example output
    securityprofilesoperatordaemon.security-profiles-operator.x-k8s.io/spod patched