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Protecting APIs on Pyron API Gateway

Instructions on how to protect your APIs deployed behind the Pyron API gateway

Install Pyron Authorizer


You need to have Docker and Docker Compose installed.

Create Pyron Authorizer

  1. In the workspace, go to Enforcement > Authorizers.

  2. Select Create GATEWAY.

  3. Select Pyron API Gateway, enter the name and the description for your gateway, and select NEXT.

  4. In the Gateway Management view, go to the QUICK START tab and follow the provided instruction to configure your gateway.

    1. Select DOWNLOAD PACKAGE to download the zipped Pyron Authorizer package. Unzip the package locally and enter the extracted folder.


      The package includes a preconfigured Pyron gateway protecting two API groups: a sample Petstore and financial APIs.

      Optional Pyron Authorizer Configuration

      You can modify

      • PYRON_ACPRELOADINTERVAL, which represents the frequency of reloading policies from Cloudentity by the authorizer and defaults to 60 seconds
      • PYRON_DISABLEANALYTICS, which can be changed from its default value (false) to true to turn off the analytics.
    2. To run Pyron Authorizer, start Docker and execute commands:

      cat credentials.txt | docker login --username acp --password-stdin

      and next

      docker-compose up


      Pyron Authorizer funnels information about protected APIs to Cloudentity.

    3. Back in the Cloudentity administrator portal (Gateway Management view > QUICK START tab), select CONNECT API GROUPS to connect APIs and enable enforcement policies.


    The predefined set of API groups is imported and displayed in the APIs tab of the Gateway Management view. The API groups are ready to be connected to services.

Connect Service

There are two ways to connect Pyron API groups to Cloudentity services: starting from the gateway to be connected or starting from the service that you want to connect.

From Gateway

  1. From the list of authorizers, select your newly-created Pyron gateway and go to its APIs tab.


    A list of imported API groups opens.

  2. From the list of API groups available, select an API group and, from its drop-down menu, pick a service to which you’d like to connect the API group.


You can connect an API group to an existing service or a new one you create, both options available from the same service drop-down menu.

From Service

  1. Go to Enforcement > APIs.

  2. Pick a service that you want to connect and select ADD GATEWAY API for the selected service.

  3. In the popup window, select an API gateway and an API group to be connected. Click CONNECT to proceed.


Under Enforcement > APIs, you can see specific API groups integrated to services.

Apply Sample Policy

  1. Create a policy.

  2. Go to Enforcement > APIs.

  3. Select a service with no policy assigned (click on Unrestricted).

  4. In the Edit API popup window, select a Policy from the dropdown list and click Save to proceed.


You have successfully assigned a policy to your API.

Test Enforcement

Visit http://localhost:8080/pets/pet/1 in your browser.

  • If your policy allows the access, you receive a sample response from the server.
  • If your policy restricts the access, you receive a 403 error message.

Learn More

For detailed operating instructions on Pyron, see Pyron Documentation.

Configure Pyron Authorizer

Cloudentity’s Pyron Authorizer configuration is handled by setting environment variables. The variables and their values can be provided in two ways:

  • In the docker-compose.yml file, for example:

     container_name: pyron-authorizer
     env_file: .authorizer_env

    You can see that the ACP_RELOAD_INTERVAL variable is set under the environment object.

  • In a separate file that stores all of the environment variables for your authorizer’s deployment. See example for an .authorizer_env file below:


    After you create your file with the variables, you need to point your authorizer’s deployment to your file path in the docker-compose.yml file. See example below:

     container_name: pyron-authorizer
     env_file: .authorizer_env

    You can see that the env_file object is pointing to your .authorizer_env file with the variables.


    The Pyron Gateway package that you download to set up your APIs and the authorizer already contains the .authorizer_env file. You can edit it or provide a different file with the variables. As the name of the file starts with the dot, the file is hidden by default. If you were, for example, to execute the ls command, the file would not be listed. You need to use the ls -a to be able to list the .authorizer_env file. On macOS, you can also press SHIFT + CMD + . while browsing in Finder to show hidden files.

Configuration Reference

 # acp
    reload_interval: 1m0s # reload interval
    reload_timeout: 30s # reload configuration timeout
    issuer_url: https://localhost:8443/sample/system # issuer url
    client_id: bqesdrc4m4co2s81mpu0 # client id
    client_secret: LH6mAb6PNljvjYMIF-A5RP2bElA5a5bnQah8sG0fsLA # client secret
    tenant_id: "" # tenant id
    server_id: "" # server id
# http client
    timeout: 10s # http client timeout
    retry_wait_min: 0s # minimum time to wait between retries
    retry_wait_max: 0s # maximum time to wait between retries
    retry_max: 0 # maximum number of retries
    root_ca: "" # root ca that this client should trust (defaults to system root ca)
    insecure_skip_verify: false # disable cert verification
    disable_follow_redirects: false # disable follow redirects
    disable_retry: true # disable retry
# metrics
    enabled: false # enable metrics endpoint
    port: 9000 # metrics endpoint port
# analytics
    enabled: true # when enabled, events are sent to audit log
    # event format
        include_policy_output: false # when enabled, policy evaluation output is sent to audit log
    # sampling
        probability: 1 # Probability of an event to be published (0.0-1.0)
        batch_inverval: 1s # Max duration to wait for a batch to publish
        batch_limit: 100 # Max number of events in a batch
        limit: 5 # Max number of batches per second to be published
        timeout: 5s # Timeout for a single batch to send
        workers: 8 # Number of sending workers
# cache
    ttl: 10s # ttl
    max_size: 100 # max size
# logging config
    level: info # log level severity
# token echange config
    enabled: false # enable token exchange
    # cache
        ttl: 1m0s # ttl
        max_size: 1000 # max size
    # inject config (supported only for istio authorizer)
        mode: "" # Defines what token should be sent to the target service when token is exchanged
        # headers config
            exchanged_token: "" # Defines the name of the header that contains an exchanged token.
            original_token: "" # Defines the name of the header that contains an original token.
            strip_bearer: false # Allows to strip the bearer prefix in headers
# enforcement config
    allow_unknown: false # allow requests with no matching rule
# http server
    port: 8442 # http port
    dangerous_disable_tls: true # diables TLS
    # certificate configuration
        password: "" # key passphrase
        cert_path: "" # path to the certificate PEM file
        key_path: "" # path to the key PEM file
        cert: "" # base64 encoded cert PEM
        key: "" # base64 encoded key PEM
        generated_key_type: ecdsa # type for generated key if cert and key are not provided (rsa or ecda)
    client_auth_type: 0 # client auth type

Updated: Jul 11, 2022