Glance’s public API calls may be restricted to certain sets of users using a policy configuration file. This document explains exactly how policies are configured and what they apply to.

A policy is composed of a set of rules that are used by the policy “Brain” in determining if a particular action may be performed by the authorized tenant.

Constructing a Policy Configuration File

A policy configuration file is a simply JSON object that contain sets of rules. Each top-level key is the name of a rule. Each rule is a string that describes an action that may be performed in the Glance API.

The actions that may have a rule enforced on them are:

  • get_images - List available image entities
    • GET /v1/images
    • GET /v1/images/detail
    • GET /v2/images
  • get_image - Retrieve a specific image entity
    • HEAD /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • GET /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • GET /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>
  • download_image - Download binary image data
    • GET /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • GET /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/file
  • upload_image - Upload binary image data
    • POST /v1/images
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • PUT /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/file
  • copy_from - Copy binary image data from URL
    • POST /v1/images
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
  • add_image - Create an image entity
    • POST /v1/images
    • POST /v2/images
  • modify_image - Update an image entity
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • PUT /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>
  • publicize_image - Create or update images with attribute
    • POST /v1/images with attribute is_public = true
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID> with attribute is_public = true
    • POST /v2/images with attribute visibility = public
    • PUT /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID> with attribute visibility = public
  • delete_image - Delete an image entity and associated binary data
    • DELETE /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>
    • DELETE /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>
  • add_member - Add a membership to the member repo of an image
    • POST /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members
  • get_members - List the members of an image
    • GET /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members
    • GET /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members
  • delete_member - Delete a membership of an image
    • DELETE /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members/<MEMBER_ID>
    • DELETE /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members/<MEMBER_ID>
  • modify_member - Create or update the membership of an image
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members/<MEMBER_ID>
    • PUT /v1/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members
    • POST /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members
    • PUT /v2/images/<IMAGE_ID>/members/<MEMBER_ID>
  • manage_image_cache - Allowed to use the image cache management API

To limit an action to a particular role or roles, you list the roles like so

  "delete_image": ["role:admin", "role:superuser"]

The above would add a rule that only allowed users that had roles of either “admin” or “superuser” to delete an image.


Example 1. (The default policy configuration)

    "default": []

Note that an empty JSON list means that all methods of the Glance API are callable by anyone.

Example 2. Disallow modification calls to non-admins

    "default": [],
    "add_image": ["role:admin"],
    "modify_image": ["role:admin"],
    "delete_image": ["role:admin"]

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