Cross-account IAM permissions - Amazon EKS

Cross-account IAM permissions

You can configure cross-account IAM permissions either by creating an identity provider from another account's cluster or by using chained AssumeRole operations. In the following examples, Account A owns an Amazon EKS cluster that supports IAM roles for service accounts. Pods that are running on that cluster must assume IAM permissions from Account B.

Example Create an identity provider from another account's cluster

In this example, Account A provides Account B with the OpenID Connect (OIDC) issuer URL from their cluster. Account B follows the instructions in Creating an IAM OIDC provider for your cluster and Configuring a Kubernetes service account to assume an IAM role using the OIDC issuer URL from Account A's cluster. Then, a cluster administrator annotates the service account in Account A's cluster to use the role from Account B (444455556666).

apiVersion: v1 kind: ServiceAccount metadata: annotations: arn:aws:iam::444455556666:role/account-b-role

Example Use chained AssumeRole operations

In this example, Account B creates an IAM policy with the permissions to give to pods in Account A's cluster. Account B (444455556666) attaches that policy to an IAM role with a trust relationship that allows AssumeRole permissions to Account A (111122223333).

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Principal": { "AWS": "arn:aws:iam::111122223333:root" }, "Action": "sts:AssumeRole", "Condition": {} } ] }

Account A creates a role with a trust policy that gets credentials from the identity provider created with the cluster's OIDC issuer address.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Principal": { "Federated": "arn:aws:iam::111122223333:oidc-provider/" }, "Action": "sts:AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity" } ] }

Account A attaches a policy to that role with the following permissions to assume the role that Account B created.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "sts:AssumeRole", "Resource": "arn:aws:iam::444455556666:role/account-b-role" } ] }

The application code for pods to assume Account B's role uses two profiles: account_b_role and account_a_role. The account_b_role profile uses the account_a_role profile as its source. For the AWS CLI, the ~/.aws/config file is similar to the following.

[profile account_b_role] source_profile = account_a_role role_arn=arn:aws:iam::444455556666:role/account-b-role [profile account_a_role] web_identity_token_file = /var/run/secrets/ role_arn=arn:aws:iam::111122223333:role/account-a-role

To specify chained profiles for other AWS SDKs, consult the documentation for the SDK that you're using. For more information, see Tools to Build on AWS.