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CPdeploy - CloudSec Policy Deployment (gw in the sky project)
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v4.6 - 7/21/16 7:31PM EST - See repo at for the gory details. Added program 'shellcontrol' run it before you start any launches and the controller will have shell access to the instances. Other scripts now apply, take a look around.

v4.5 - 7/21/16 7:48AM EST - COMMITED TO GIT -
If you care about the state of this very simple controller, please fork or review at:
Details can be found there, including original docker file.

v4.4 - 7/18/16 10:35PM EST - CRITICAL UPDATE!! Please update your container, the previous release was broken in many horrible ways.

v4.0 5/29/16 7:21PM EST - NEW RELEASE -

Now CPdeploy works through an interactive shell console.
Read for details and walk through.

(command line still available, use 'showme' or 'helpme' in the console for more details on commands available.)

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v3.4 05/12/16 5:18PM EST

So you found the cpdeploy container? Must mean you really like gateways in the cloud.

We should talk.

Here is the quick run down, please experiment for best results. Not meant for production,although I see no reason it wouldn't work with some extra focus, but at that point, there are already many other tools that do it better. But they are big. And complex. Just like a cloud project.

I know it doesn't look like it now, especially if you are new to linux, but once we walk through this setup, its simple commands to get what we want. I say again, not built to support a production cloud deployment, this is for testing production deployments in pieces. That's what this does, stitch together a secure VPC you can easily replicate or rebuild with a couple of commands.

Change a variable, run a command. This is what this does and lets not forget it's a container, which means you can save your own version locally with your configuration. If you know docker, you can save many version in different images. But this isn't about docker, this is about building gateways in the sky. Let's get to the operation of cpdeploy.

First off, make sure you run 'aws configure' to authorize your account. If you don't have a key and secret key, visit the Identity and Access Management (IAM) page in the aws web console and generate yourself some. Ensure you create a role with the appropriate permissions to manage EC2 instances (administrator role for example).

The root directory for all the action is /cpdeploy, and you can get there with 'cpdeploy'. In this folder is a file we need to edit first, VAR. You can edit directly or type 'cpconfig' to launch directly into editing the file. (viconfig gives you the variable file in vi, my personal favourite, but for some reason others prefer nano, which will be the default with cpconfig. The VAR file holds all the details for where and what gets launched in our shiny new virtual private cloud (VPC). You have to edit this file, but not the whole thing, most of the work is done for you. The file is commented, so it should make sense. . . right? Customize VAR to your environment.

Once you are done customizing your VAR, you should be ready to propagate the VPC, routing, subnets, and interfaces. It's allot of clicking in the web, start small, add incrementally is the concept we are going for here.

<optional if you already have a R80 management station>
mg stands for Management, and to get to the management directory, run:
That is it. You're in the management directory. Now the bad news.
Due to the current R80 being a private ami, this container assumes you have access
to the private ami, or already have a management station to support your cloud gateways.

The container will be updated when the image goes public.

You can always type ll or ls to see the commands available to you in each directory. If you run something without parameters it should tell you how it works and what its looking for. You won't break anything so get in there.

Now for the real stuff, launching gateways in the sky. 'gw' takes you to the gateway scripts, but it is important you prepare the VPC
BEFORE YOU LAUNCH ANY GATEWAYS!. 'prep-vpc' is the script available in the 'gw' directory and is looking for you to specify a vpc identifier in the form of a number from 0-254. This is also used to create the subnets in a template fashion. You also need to specify the region with a simple east or west designation. Basically do you want your vpc on the east coast or the west coast?
Run 'prep-vpc 1 east' to prepare a simple secured VPC enviroment for EC2 instances. After the prep-vpc finishes, run 'launchgw 1' for you to add the security gateway to the VPC as the default path for the internal subnet. Don't worry about the details, it also builds it's own policy, so you don't have to run any other commands. You can use the aws web interface to monitor progress, but thats a little like watching paint dry.

That's it. The screen will spill back a bunch of info, Don't worry about it. Go get a coffee, relax. That gateway is setting itself up for you. You can take note of any IP or hostname information that goes by, if it helps you feel busy, The script already parsed out the stuff we care about.
Just give it the time it needs to provision, initialize, first time config, and reboot.
On the lower end instances, that's about 11 minutes, but just to be on the safe side,
give it 15 if you are using a larger instance size. And I use the term safe without any fears. You initialize too quick? Maybe? Who cares, 'killgw 1' and start again, only no need to prep-vpc 1, since it stays there like a shell. There is no cost to keep a vpc configured. You will have to go to the web gui if you want to delete the VPC (it's easier, you can just delete the vpc in one shot) or leave them laying around, you can attach and detach gateways to the VPC by number.

so to recap, run the following command in one line and this will create the vpc and initialize the gateway all at once.
prep-net 22 west ; launchgw 22

This would give me gw-22 ready in VPC-22 using network . . or something
like that. Script takes care of it.

. . .

so it's 15 minutes later and you are dying to play with your new gateway in the cloud. Next step follows a pattern, in the same dir as before (type gw to go back) and execute the command 'Connect 22' If you have your R80 console open, you will see your gateway appear, complete with rules and nat appropriate for the cloud. It will also reference an app server, but we will get to that. Please wait for the policy installs (there will be two) to complete, you can keep yourself busy looking at logs if you want,

Your example VPC is live. Repeat as necessary, for example:
gw ; prep-vpc 10 east ; launchgw 10 ;
gw ; prep-vpc 20 west ; launchgw 20 ;
will prepare two separate geo redundant secured data centres in the cloud.
Don't get too excited, they are not active yet.

It is important to keep in mind that the VPC we create will stay, and you will eventually run out of VPCs (5 per region) and get errors. Don't panic. Anything out of order? Something not working? Remember you have the nuke it from above option. It's only software.
gw ; killgw 10 ; killgw 20
and if you want to bring them back to life again? run:
gw ; launch 10 ; launch 20
anytime. . . well almost anytime, if you kill previous instances, give them about 2 minutes to die before your relaunch.

But before you go killing anything, let's actually bring the gateway into production state and we do that by attaching it to the management station and setting policy. For the complete process to create a VPC and bring a security gateway into a ready state,
run the following:

prep-vpc <0-254>
launchgw <0-254>

  • ~15 minutes for init -

Connect <0-254>

Check your logs on the management station, you have a gateway in the cloud.

But it's not that exciting is it? You know why? Nothing to protect, What's the point?

type the following:

app; launchapp <0-254>

In about 10 minutes, a webserver will be accessible through the firewall public IP from AWS. you can http://<ip of the fw, arent you glad you wrote it down?> or, if you are using hosted dns, you are just connecting to a name. You can find the IP and name of your gateway in the ec2 console of the amazon web interface, or get the details by typing 'status' in the cpdeploy shell.

And so the journey begins, be patient, its a long trip and there are other goodies buried in these scripts if you are inclined to look. I will be updating based on my own usage, and hope to create a series of templates in the form of VAR files and saved containers. Feedback is welcome, suggestions for scripting also welcome, but I may ask you how to do it, so be prepared to help :) On that note, I'm no programmer, just a lazy security admin who automates repetitive or painful tasks.


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