Configuring Enforcer Options

Installing Chainguard with chainctl configuring your Enforcer Options

There is currently a limited list of enforcer options that can be configured when installing Chainguard into a current Kubernetes cluster. This guide will walk you through each of these Enforcer configuration settings.

Our getting started guide provides more detailed information on how to set up Chainguard Enforce, and this document provides a reference on how to configure different behaviors for your cluster.

We will use chainctl, the command line tool for working with Chainguard products, which you can install using our installation guide.

Enforcer Options

The list of available Enforcer options are detailed below:

  • webhook_fail_open: is a flag to enable/disable a fail open behavior for the Enforcer webhooks. Default is set to false.
  • enable_cip_cache: is a flag to enable/disable cluster image policy (CIP) caching. Default is set to false.
  • namespace_enforcement_mode: defines the behavior of the Enforcer webhook’s label selector. This option accepts two possible values: opt-out and opt-in. opt-in sets a behavior to the Enforcer webhooks where only labeled ( namespaces will be verified to enforce the defined policies. opt-out sets an opposite behavior to the Enforcer webhooks where only labeled ( namespaces will be excluded from any verification related to the defined policies. Default is set to opt-in.

Install with chainctl

To install with chainctl, first authenticate into chainctl before running a command.

chainctl auth login

With your cluster already set up, you’ll install the Chainguard Enforce Agent with chainctl and use the flag --opt to set any of your Enforcer specific settings.

For this example on GKE, EKS, or AKS cloud infrastructure, we enable our cluster webhook to fail open by using the next command.

chainctl cluster install --group=$GROUP_ID --context $CLUSTER --opt=webhook_fail_open=true

In this next example using a private or on-prem cluster, we configure our Chainguard cluster to enable the cluster image policy (CIP) cache and a failing open behavior for the Enforce webhooks.

chainctl cluster install --group=$GROUP_ID --private --context $CLUSTER --opt=webhook_fail_open=true --opt=enable_cip_cache=true

Be sure to replace the $GROUP_ID and $CLUSTER variables with the appropriate IAM Group ID, and name of your Kubernetes cluster, respectively.

If you would like more detail about installing the Chainguard Enforce Agent with chainctl, or on getting onboarded to Chainguard Enforce, check out our Getting Started guide.

Next Steps

With Chainguard installed in your cluster, continue learning about Enforce by reading the Getting Started Guide, learn how to manage policies with chainctl, or follow the tutorial on how to detect the Log4Shell vulnerability with Enforce.