vmauth is a simple auth proxy and router for VictoriaMetrics. It reads username and password from Basic Auth headers, matches them against configs pointed by -auth.config command-line flag and proxies incoming HTTP requests to the configured per-user url_prefix on successful match.

Quick start

Just download vmutils-* archive from releases page, unpack it and pass the following flag to vmauth binary in order to start authorizing and routing requests:

/path/to/vmauth -auth.config=/path/to/auth/config.yml

After that vmauth starts accepting HTTP requests on port 8427 and routing them according to the provided -auth.config. The port can be modified via -httpListenAddr command-line flag.

The auth config can be reloaded by passing SIGHUP signal to vmauth.

Docker images for vmauth are available here.

Pass -help to vmauth in order to see all the supported command-line flags with their descriptions.

Feel free contacting us if you need customized auth proxy for VictoriaMetrics with the support of LDAP, SSO, RBAC, accounting, limits, etc.

Auth config

Auth config is represented in the following simple yml format:


# Arbitrary number of usernames may be put here.
# Usernames must be unique.

users:

  # The user for querying local single-node VictoriaMetrics.
  # All the requests to http://vmauth:8427 with the given Basic Auth (username:password)
  # will be routed to http://localhost:8428 .
  # For example, http://vmauth:8427/api/v1/query is routed to http://localhost:8428/api/v1/query
- username: "local-single-node"
  password: "***"
  url_prefix: "http://localhost:8428"

  # The user for querying account 123 in VictoriaMetrics cluster
  # See https://github.com/VictoriaMetrics/VictoriaMetrics/blob/cluster/README.md#url-format
  # All the requests to http://vmauth:8427 with the given Basic Auth (username:password)
  # will be routed to http://vmselect:8481/select/123/prometheus .
  # For example, http://vmauth:8427/api/v1/query is routed to http://vmselect:8481/select/123/prometheus/api/v1/select
- username: "cluster-select-account-123"
  password: "***"
  url_prefix: "http://vmselect:8481/select/123/prometheus"

  # The user for inserting Prometheus data into VictoriaMetrics cluster under account 42
  # See https://github.com/VictoriaMetrics/VictoriaMetrics/blob/cluster/README.md#url-format
  # All the reuqests to http://vmauth:8427 with the given Basic Auth (username:password)
  # will be routed to http://vminsert:8480/insert/42/prometheus .
  # For example, http://vmauth:8427/api/v1/write is routed to http://vminsert:8480/insert/42/prometheus/api/v1/write
- username: "cluster-insert-account-42"
  password: "***"
  url_prefix: "http://vminsert:8480/insert/42/prometheus"

Security

Do not transfer Basic Auth headers in plaintext over untrusted networks. Enable https. This can be done by passing the following -tls* command-line flags to vmauth:

  -tls
    	Whether to enable TLS (aka HTTPS) for incoming requests. -tlsCertFile and -tlsKeyFile must be set if -tls is set
  -tlsCertFile string
    	Path to file with TLS certificate. Used only if -tls is set. Prefer ECDSA certs instead of RSA certs, since RSA certs are slow
  -tlsKeyFile string
    	Path to file with TLS key. Used only if -tls is set

Alternatively, https termination proxy may be put in front of vmauth.

Monitoring

vmauth exports various metrics in Prometheus exposition format at http://vmauth-host:8427/metrics page. It is recommended setting up regular scraping of this page either via vmagent or via Prometheus, so the exported metrics could be analyzed later.

How to build from sources

It is recommended using binary releases - vmauth is located in vmutils-* archives there.

Development build

  1. Install Go. The minimum supported version is Go 1.13.
  2. Run make vmauth from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmauth binary and puts it into the bin folder.

Production build

  1. Install docker.
  2. Run make vmauth-prod from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmauth-prod binary and puts it into the bin folder.

Building docker images

Run make package-vmauth. It builds victoriametrics/vmauth:<PKG_TAG> docker image locally. <PKG_TAG> is auto-generated image tag, which depends on source code in the repository. The <PKG_TAG> may be manually set via PKG_TAG=foobar make package-vmauth.

By default the image is built on top of scratch image. It is possible to build the package on top of any other base image by setting it via <ROOT_IMAGE> environment variable. For example, the following command builds the image on top of alpine:3.11 image:

ROOT_IMAGE=alpine:3.11 make package-vmauth

Profiling

vmauth provides handlers for collecting the following Go profiles:

  • Memory profile. It can be collected with the following command:
curl -s http://<vmauth-host>:8427/debug/pprof/heap > mem.pprof
  • CPU profile. It can be collected with the following command:
curl -s http://<vmauth-host>:8427/debug/pprof/profile > cpu.pprof

The command for collecting CPU profile waits for 30 seconds before returning.

The collected profiles may be analyzed with go tool pprof.