Splunk Enterprise

How to best manage AD groups, users, roles and index access?

Jamie
Path Finder

Hello.

I have two indexes and three users.  Each user is in specific AD group.  Each group is mapped to a respective role.  Each role gives access to a specific index(es).

user_a can only search index_a, user_b only index_b and user_c can search both.  Restricting access to indexes is important.

Indexes
index_a
index_b

AD group
user_idx_a (user_a is a member)
user_idx_b (user_b is a member)
user_idx_all (user_c is a member)

Users and roles
user_a has role role_a
user_b has role role_b
user_c has role role_c

authorize.conf

[role_role_a]
importRoles = user
srchIndexesDefault = index_a
srchIndexesDisallowed = index_b

[role_role_b]
importRoles = user
srchIndexesDefault = index_b
srchIndexesDisallowed = inbex_a

[role_role_c]
importRoles = user

That's all fine. But as more indexes are added, I wonder how this will scale, especially where, for example, user_d needs access to newly created index_d, plus say index_a.  I will now need a new AD group (user_idx_d), a new role (role_role_a_d) and a suitable entry in authorize.conf

I've gained some mileage from putting index restrictions on the inherited (user) role.  For example:

[role_user]
srchIndexesDisallowed = main;splunklogger;summary

I had thought I would put users in multiple AD groups, but whilst membership brings a new role / index, it also means I end up with conflicting 'disallowed' directives.

Is there a better way?  Or have I reduced the administration to the minimum whilst maintaining index access granularity?

Many thanks.

Labels (2)
Tags (1)
0 Karma

Anton
Explorer

Hi, 

My company also faced the same issue. Splunk have a very restricted way of doing RBAC. Until now they do not have any fixes on this. Do you have any luck on this thus far? 

Regards,

Anton

Anton Yeo 

0 Karma

isoutamo
SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Hi

you should found answer to your issue from this conf presentation.

https://conf.splunk.com/watch/conf-online.html?search.event=conf23&search=PLA1169B#/

r. Ismo

0 Karma
Get Updates on the Splunk Community!

Welcome to the Splunk Community!

(view in My Videos) We're so glad you're here! The Splunk Community is place to connect, learn, give back, and ...

Tech Talk | Elevating Digital Service Excellence: The Synergy of Splunk RUM & APM

Elevating Digital Service Excellence: The Synergy of Real User Monitoring and Application Performance ...

Adoption of RUM and APM at Splunk

    Unleash the power of Splunk Observability   Watch Now In this can't miss Tech Talk! The Splunk Growth ...