roxctl is a command-line interface (CLI) for running commands on Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes. This topic describes roxctl syntax, operations, and provides some common examples.

Installing the roxctl CLI

You can install the roxctl CLI by downloading the binary. Or, you can run the roxctl CLI from a container image.

Installing the roxctl CLI by downloading the binary

You can install the roxctl CLI to interact with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes from a command-line interface. You can install roxctl on Linux, Windows, or macOS.

Installing the roxctl CLI on Linux

You can install the roxctl CLI binary on Linux by using the following procedure.

Procedure
  1. Download the latest version of the roxctl CLI:

    $ curl -O https://mirror.openshift.com/pub/rhacs/assets/3.65.1/bin/Linux/roxctl
  2. Make the roxctl binary executable:

    $ chmod +x roxctl
  3. Place the roxctl binary in a directory that is on your PATH:

    To check your PATH, execute the following command:

    $ echo $PATH
Verification
  • Verify the roxctl version you have installed:

    $ roxctl version

Installing the roxctl CLI on macOS

You can install the roxctl CLI binary on macOS by using the following procedure.

Procedure
  1. Download the latest version of the roxctl CLI:

    $ curl -O https://mirror.openshift.com/pub/rhacs/assets/3.65.1/bin/Darwin/roxctl
  2. Remove all extended attributes from the binary:

    $ xattr -c roxctl
  3. Make the roxctl binary executable:

    $ chmod +x roxctl
  4. Place the roxctl binary in a directory that is on your PATH:

    To check your PATH, execute the following command:

    $ echo $PATH
Verification
  • Verify the roxctl version you have installed:

    $ roxctl version

Installing the roxctl CLI on Windows

You can install the roxctl CLI binary on Windows by using the following procedure.

Procedure
  • Download the latest version of the roxctl CLI:

    $ curl -O https://mirror.openshift.com/pub/rhacs/assets/3.65.1/bin/Windows/roxctl.exe
Verification
  • Verify the roxctl version you have installed:

    $ roxctl version

Running the roxctl CLI from a container

The roxctl client is the default entry point in Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes roxctl image. To run the roxctl client in a container image:

Procedure
  1. Log in to the registry.redhat.io registry.

    $ docker login registry.redhat.io
  2. Pull the latest container image for the roxctl CLI.

    $ docker pull registry.redhat.io/rh-acs/roxctl:3.65.1

After you install the CLI, you can run it by using the following command:

$ docker run -e ROX_API_TOKEN=$ROX_API_TOKEN \
  -it registry.redhat.io/rh-acs/roxctl:3.65.1 \
  -e $ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS <command>
Verification
  • Verify the roxctl version you have installed.

    $ docker run -it registry.redhat.io/rh-acs/roxctl:3.65.1 version

Authenticating using the roxctl CLI

For authentication, you can use an authentication token or your administrator password. Red Hat recommends using an authentication token in a production environment because each token is assigned specific access control permissions.

Use the following steps to generate an authentication token.

Procedure
  1. Navigate to the RHACS portal.

  2. Go to Platform ConfigurationIntegrations.

  3. Scroll down to the Authentication Tokens category, and click API Token.

  4. Click Generate Token.

  5. Enter a name for the token and select a role that provides the required level of access (for example, Continuous Integration or Sensor Creator).

  6. Click Generate.

    Copy the generated token and securely store it. You will not be able to view it again.

After you have generated the authentication token, export it as ROX_API_TOKEN variable:

$ export ROX_API_TOKEN=<api_token>

You can also save the token in a file and use it with the --token-file option. For example:

$ roxctl central debug dump --token-file <token_file>
  • You cannot use both the -password (-p) and the --token-file options simultaneously.

  • If you have already set ROX_API_TOKEN variable, and specify the --token-file option, the roxctl CLI uses the specified token file for authentication.

  • If you have already set ROX_API_TOKEN variable, and specify the --password option, the roxctl CLI uses the specified password for authentication.

Using the roxctl CLI

Review the following sections to learn how to complete common tasks using the CLI.

  • Export the following variables before using these commands:

    $ export ROX_API_TOKEN=<api_token>
    $ export ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS=<address>:<port_number>
  • You can use the --help option to get more information about the commands.

Managing Central’s database

Central stores information about:

  • Activity observed in your clusters,

  • Information retrieved from integrated image registries or scanners, and

  • Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes configuration.

You can back up and restore Central’s database by using the roxctl CLI.

Backing up Central database

Run the following command to back up Central’s database:

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" central backup

Restoring Central database

Run the following command to restore Central’s database:

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" central db restore <backup_filename>

Managing secured clusters

To secure a Kubernetes or an OpenShift Container Platform cluster, you must deploy Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes services into the cluster. You can generate deployment files in the RHACS portal by navigating to the Platform ConfigurationClusters view, or you can use the roxctl CLI.

Generating Sensor deployment YAML file

Kubernetes
$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" sensor generate k8s --name <cluster_name> --central "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS"
OpenShift Container Platform
$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" sensor generate openshift --name <cluster_name> --central "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS"

Read the --help output to see other options that you might need to use depending on your system architecture.

Make sure that the endpoint you provide for --central can be reached from the cluster where you are deploying Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes services.

If you are using a non-gRPC capable load balancer, such as HAProxy, AWS Application Load Balancer (ALB), or AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB):

  • Use the WebSocket Secure (wss) protocol. To use wss, prefix the address with wss://, and

  • Add the port number after the address, for example:

    $ roxctl sensor generate k8s --central wss://stackrox-central.example.com:443

Downloading Sensor bundle for existing clusters

Use the following command to download Sensor bundles for existing clusters by specifying a cluster name or ID.

$ roxctl sensor get-bundle <cluster_name_or_id>

Deleting cluster integration

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" cluster delete --name=<cluster_name>

Deleting cluster integration will not remove Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes services running in the cluster. You can remove them by running the delete-sensor.sh script from the Sensor installation bundle.

Checking policy compliance

Checking deployment YAML files

The following command checks build-time and deploy-time violations of your security policies in YAML deployment files. Use this command to validate:

  • Configuration options in a YAML file, such as resource limits or privilege options; or

  • Aspects of the images used in a YAML file, such as components or vulnerabilities.

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" deployment check --file=<yaml_filename>

Checking images

The following command checks build-time violations of your security policies in images.

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" image check --image=<image_name>

Checking image scan results

You can also check the scan results for specific images.

The following command returns the components and vulnerabilities found in the image in JSON format. The format is defined in the API reference.

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" image scan --image <image_name>

To cause Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes to re-pull image metadata and image scan results from the associated registry and scanner, add the --force option.

To check specific image scan results, you must have a token with both read and write permissions for the Image resource. The default Continuous Integration system role already has the required permissions.

Debugging issues

Managing Central log level

Central saves information to its container logs.

Viewing the logs

You can see the container logs for Central by running:

Kubernetes
$ kubectl logs -n stackrox <central_pod>
OpenShift Container Platform
$ oc logs -n stackrox <central_pod>
Viewing current log level

You can change the log level to see more or less information in Central logs. Run the following command to view the current log level:

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" central debug log
Changing the log level

Run the following command to change the log level:

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" central debug log --level=<log_level> (1)
1 The acceptable values for <log_level> are Panic, Fatal, Error, Warn, Info, and Debug.

Retrieving debugging information

To gather debugging information for investigating issues, run the following command:

$ roxctl -e "$ROX_CENTRAL_ADDRESS" central debug dump