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Version: 5.3

Air Gapping NeuVector

Tools Needed

We need to install three tools for downloading all the bits for Neuvector.

  • Helm - Application Lifecycle Manager
  • Skopeo - Image/Registry Tool
  • ZStandard - Compresstion Algorithm
# install helm
curl -fsSL | bash

# install skopeo - rocky linux based
yum install zstd skopeo -y

Get Images and Chart

In order to get all the images we are going to use the chart itself. Using Helm let's add the repo and download the chart. We will also use skopeo for downloading and uploading.

# make a directory
mkdir -p neuvector/images

# add repo
helm repo add neuvector

# update local chart
helm repo update

# pull
helm pull neuvector/core -d neuvector

You should now see a file like core-2.4.0.tgz. The version may vary, but this is correct. This is the downloaded chart. Now we need the images. Good thing we can use the chart to figure this out.

# create image list
helm template neuvector/core-*.tgz | awk '$1 ~ /image:/ {print $2}' | sed -e 's/\"//g' > neuvector/images/list.txt

# get images
for i in $(cat neuvector/images/list.txt); do
skopeo copy docker://$i docker-archive:neuvector/images/$(echo $i| awk -F/ '{print $3}'|sed 's/:/_/g').tar:$(echo $i| awk -F/ '{print $3}')

Fantastic, we should have a directory that looks like:

[root@flux ~]# ls -lR neuvector
total 16
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 15892 Jan 8 14:33 core-2.4.0.tgz
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 153 Jan 8 14:35 images

total 953920
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 236693504 Jan 8 14:35 controller_5.3.2.tar
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 226704384 Jan 8 14:35 enforcer_5.3.2.tar
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 176 Jan 8 14:34 list.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 331550208 Jan 8 14:35 manager_5.3.2.tar
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 169589760 Jan 8 14:35 scanner_latest.tar
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 12265472 Jan 8 14:35 updater_latest.tar

And we can compress and move everything.

Compress and Move

Compressing is fairly simple. We will use tar with the ZST format for maximum compression.

# compress
tar -I zstd -vcf neuvector_airgap.zst neuvector

Now simply move the 400M neuvector_airgap.zst to your network.

Uncompress and Load

All we need to do now is uncompress with a similar command. The following will output to director called neuvector.

tar -I zstd -vxf neuvector_airgap.zst

Loading the images into a registry is going to require an understanding of your internal network. For this doc let's use "registry.awesome.sauce" as the DNS name. Loading the images is fairly simple again with skopeo. Please make sure it is installed on the "inside" machine. You will probably need to authenticate with skopeo login for it to work.

# skopeo load
export REGISTRY=registry.awesome.sauce
for file in $(ls neuvector/images | grep -v txt ); do
skopeo copy docker-archive:neuvector/images/$file docker://$(echo $file | sed 's/.tar//g' | awk -F_ '{print "'$REGISTRY'/neuvector/"$1":"$2}')

With all the images loaded in a registry we can install with Helm.

Deploy with Helm

Deploying with Helm is fairly straight forward. There are a few values that are needed to insure the images are pulling from the local registry. Here is a good example. You may need to tweak a few settings. Please follow the Helm best practices for values.yaml. Note the imagePullSecrets field. This is the secret for your cluster to authenticate to the registry.

# helm install example
# variables
export REGISTRY=registry.awesome.sauce # registry URL
export NEU_URL=neuvector.awesome.sauce # neuvector URL

# helm all the things -- read all the options being set
helm upgrade -i neuvector --namespace neuvector neuvector/core --create-namespace --set imagePullSecrets=regsecret --set k3s.enabled=true --set k3s.runtimePath=/run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock --set manager.ingress.enabled=true --set controller.pvc.enabled=true --set controller.pvc.capacity=10Gi --set manager.svc.type=ClusterIP --set registry=$REGISTRY --set tag=5.3.2 --set controller.image.repository=neuvector/controller --set enforcer.image.repository=neuvector/enforcer --set manager.image.repository=neuvector/manager --set cve.updater.image.repository=neuvector/updater --set$NEU_URL