Security and Microservices

Get started with security for your cloud native Java Microservices application


1 - Setup the work environment
2 - Setup Istio
3 - Istio Ingress gateway via HTTPS/TLS
4 - Setup Keycloak
5 - Deploy the microservices to K8s
6 - Strict mTLS
7 - Istio Authorization
8 - Authentication in the Vue.js fronted
9 - Authorization in Quarkus app
Setup locally

Overview: Setup Istio and Keycloak

We need Istio to secure access to our services. And we need Keycloak for authentication and authorization.

In the following exercises we will:

2 - Setup Istio

Step 1: Download and Install Istio

Note: The workshop has been tested with and is written for Istio 1.12.0.

  1. Get the Istio code:

     curl -L | ISTIO_VERSION=1.12.0 TARGET_ARCH=x86_64  sh -
  2. Install Istio:

     $ istio-1.12.0/bin/istioctl install --set profile=demo -y

Step 2: Check the status of Istio deployment

kubectl get pod -n istio-system

When the deployment is complete the result should look like this:

NAME                                    READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
istio-egressgateway-d84f95b69-b222c     1/1     Running   0          32s
istio-ingressgateway-75f6d79f48-bqhhb   1/1     Running   0          32s
istiod-7c67c6b6c8-dskz6                 1/1     Running   0          49s

Step 3: Enable automatic sidecar injection

This command enables automatic sidecar injection for the default namespace:

kubectl label namespace default istio-injection=enabled	

Without this setting we will not use Istio although it is installed!

Step 4: Install Kiali

Kiali is an observability console for Istio with service mesh configuration and validation capabilities. It helps you understand the structure and health of your service mesh by monitoring traffic flow to infer the topology and report errors.

In earlier versions of Istio, Kiali and the other telemetry services have been installed by default. This is no longer true with Istio 1.12. Detailled instructions can be found in the Integrations section of the Istio documentation.

Kiali requires Prometheus:

kubectl apply -f istio-1.12.0/samples/addons/prometheus.yaml

This will install Prometheus into the istio-system namespace. This assumes that Istio 1.12.0 was downloaded. You may need to adjust the path accordingly.

To install Kiali, you need to execute this command:

kubectl apply -f istio-1.12.0/samples/addons/kiali.yaml

Check with

kubectl get pod -n istio-system

When deployment is complete the result should look like this:

istio-egressgateway-d84f95b69-b222c     1/1     Running   0          10m
istio-ingressgateway-75f6d79f48-bqhhb   1/1     Running   0          10m
istiod-7c67c6b6c8-dskz6                 1/1     Running   0          10m
kiali-7476977cf9-vfxtm                  1/1     Running   0          3m28s
prometheus-7bfddb8dbf-fvt87             2/2     Running   0          49s

Continue with 3 - Expose the Istio Ingress gateway via HTTPS/TLS