Red Hat delivers signatures for the images in the Red Hat Container Registries. Those signatures can be automatically verified when being pulled to OKD 4 clusters by using the Machine Config Operator (MCO).

Quay.io serves most of the images that make up OKD, and only the release image is signed. Release images refer to the approved OKD images, offering a degree of protection against supply chain attacks. However, some extensions to OKD, such as logging, monitoring, and service mesh, are shipped as Operators from the Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM). Those images ship from the Red Hat Ecosystem Catalog Container images registry.

To verify the integrity of those images between Red Hat registries and your infrastructure, enable signature verification.

Enabling signature verification for Red Hat Container Registries

Enabling container signature validation for Red Hat Container Registries requires writing a signature verification policy file specifying the keys to verify images from these registries. The registries are already defined in /etc/containers/registries.d by default.

Procedure
  1. Create a Butane config file, 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.bu, containing the necessary configuration for the worker nodes.

    See "Creating machine configs with Butane" for information about Butane.

    variant: openshift
    version: 4.8.0
    metadata:
      name: 51-worker-rh-registry-trust
      labels:
        machineconfiguration.openshift.io/role: worker
    storage:
      files:
      - path: /etc/containers/policy.json
        mode: 0644
        overwrite: true
        contents:
          inline: |
            {
              "default": [
                {
                  "type": "insecureAcceptAnything"
                }
              ],
              "transports": {
                "docker": {
                  "registry.access.redhat.com": [
                    {
                      "type": "signedBy",
                      "keyType": "GPGKeys",
                      "keyPath": "/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release"
                    }
                  ],
                  "registry.redhat.io": [
                    {
                      "type": "signedBy",
                      "keyType": "GPGKeys",
                      "keyPath": "/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release"
                    }
                  ]
                },
                "docker-daemon": {
                  "": [
                    {
                      "type": "insecureAcceptAnything"
                    }
                  ]
                }
              }
            }
  2. Use Butane to generate a machine config YAML file, 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.yaml, containing the file to be written to disk on the worker nodes:

    $ butane 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.bu -o 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.yaml
  3. Apply the created machine config:

    $ oc apply -f 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.yaml
  4. Create a Butane config and corresponding machine config which writes the configuration to disk on the control plane nodes:

    $ sed -e 's,\(machineconfiguration.openshift.io/role: \)worker,\1master,' \
        -e 's,\(name: 51-\)worker,\1master,' 51-worker-rh-registry-trust.bu \
        > 51-master-rh-registry-trust.bu
    $ butane 51-master-rh-registry-trust.bu -o 51-master-rh-registry-trust.yaml
  5. Apply the control plane machine config to the cluster:

    $ oc apply -f 51-master-rh-registry-trust.yaml

Verifying the signature verification configuration

After you apply the machine configs to the cluster, the Machine Config Controller detects the new MachineConfig object and generates a new rendered-worker-<hash> version.

Prerequisites
  • You enabled signature verification by using a machine config file.

Procedure
  1. On the command line, run the following command to display information about a desired worker:

    $ oc describe machineconfigpool/worker
    Example output of initial worker monitoring
    Name:         worker
    Namespace:
    Labels:       machineconfiguration.openshift.io/mco-built-in=
    Annotations:  <none>
    API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
    Kind:         MachineConfigPool
    Metadata:
      Creation Timestamp:  2019-12-19T02:02:12Z
      Generation:          3
      Resource Version:    16229
      Self Link:           /apis/machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1/machineconfigpools/worker
      UID:                 92697796-2203-11ea-b48c-fa163e3940e5
    Spec:
      Configuration:
        Name:  rendered-worker-f6819366eb455a401c42f8d96ab25c02
        Source:
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         00-worker
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         01-worker-container-runtime
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         01-worker-kubelet
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         51-worker-rh-registry-trust
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         99-worker-92697796-2203-11ea-b48c-fa163e3940e5-registries
          API Version:  machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:         MachineConfig
          Name:         99-worker-ssh
      Machine Config Selector:
        Match Labels:
          machineconfiguration.openshift.io/role:  worker
      Node Selector:
        Match Labels:
          node-role.kubernetes.io/worker:
      Paused:                              false
    Status:
      Conditions:
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T02:03:27Z
        Message:
        Reason:
        Status:                False
        Type:                  RenderDegraded
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T02:03:43Z
        Message:
        Reason:
        Status:                False
        Type:                  NodeDegraded
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T02:03:43Z
        Message:
        Reason:
        Status:                False
        Type:                  Degraded
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T02:28:23Z
        Message:
        Reason:
        Status:                False
        Type:                  Updated
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T02:28:23Z
        Message:               All nodes are updating to rendered-worker-f6819366eb455a401c42f8d96ab25c02
        Reason:
        Status:                True
        Type:                  Updating
      Configuration:
        Name:  rendered-worker-d9b3f4ffcfd65c30dcf591a0e8cf9b2e
        Source:
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   00-worker
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   01-worker-container-runtime
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   01-worker-kubelet
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   99-worker-92697796-2203-11ea-b48c-fa163e3940e5-registries
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   99-worker-ssh
      Degraded Machine Count:     0
      Machine Count:              1
      Observed Generation:        3
      Ready Machine Count:        0
      Unavailable Machine Count:  1
      Updated Machine Count:      0
    Events:                       <none>
  2. Run the oc describe command again:

    $ oc describe machineconfigpool/worker
    Example output after the worker is updated
    ...
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T04:53:09Z
        Message:               All nodes are updated with rendered-worker-f6819366eb455a401c42f8d96ab25c02
        Reason:
        Status:                True
        Type:                  Updated
        Last Transition Time:  2019-12-19T04:53:09Z
        Message:
        Reason:
        Status:                False
        Type:                  Updating
      Configuration:
        Name:  rendered-worker-f6819366eb455a401c42f8d96ab25c02
        Source:
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   00-worker
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   01-worker-container-runtime
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   01-worker-kubelet
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   51-worker-rh-registry-trust
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   99-worker-92697796-2203-11ea-b48c-fa163e3940e5-registries
          API Version:            machineconfiguration.openshift.io/v1
          Kind:                   MachineConfig
          Name:                   99-worker-ssh
      Degraded Machine Count:     0
      Machine Count:              3
      Observed Generation:        4
      Ready Machine Count:        3
      Unavailable Machine Count:  0
      Updated Machine Count:      3
    ...

    The Observed Generation parameter shows an increased count based on the generation of the controller-produced configuration. This controller updates this value even if it fails to process the specification and generate a revision. The Configuration Source value points to the 51-worker-rh-registry-trust configuration.

  3. Confirm that the policy.json file exists with the following command:

    $ oc debug node/<node> -- chroot /host cat /etc/containers/policy.json
    Example output
    Starting pod/<node>-debug ...
    To use host binaries, run `chroot /host`
    {
      "default": [
        {
          "type": "insecureAcceptAnything"
        }
      ],
      "transports": {
        "docker": {
          "registry.access.redhat.com": [
            {
              "type": "signedBy",
              "keyType": "GPGKeys",
              "keyPath": "/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release"
            }
          ],
          "registry.redhat.io": [
            {
              "type": "signedBy",
              "keyType": "GPGKeys",
              "keyPath": "/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release"
            }
          ]
        },
        "docker-daemon": {
          "": [
            {
              "type": "insecureAcceptAnything"
            }
          ]
        }
      }
    }
  4. Confirm that the registry.redhat.io.yaml file exists with the following command:

    $ oc debug node/<node> -- chroot /host cat /etc/containers/registries.d/registry.redhat.io.yaml
    Example output
    Starting pod/<node>-debug ...
    To use host binaries, run `chroot /host`
    docker:
         registry.redhat.io:
             sigstore: https://registry.redhat.io/containers/sigstore
  5. Confirm that the registry.access.redhat.com.yaml file exists with the following command:

    $ oc debug node/<node> -- chroot /host cat /etc/containers/registries.d/registry.access.redhat.com.yaml
    Example output
    Starting pod/<node>-debug ...
    To use host binaries, run `chroot /host`
    docker:
         registry.access.redhat.com:
             sigstore: https://access.redhat.com/webassets/docker/content/sigstore

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