Authentication to the image gateway

The image gateway requires authentication for all interactions. The purpose of the authentication in most cases to ensure the request came from the target platform (e.g., mycluster), and from a known user id on that system. To that end, the HTTP header must include an “authentication” field.

The value of that field must be a munge-encoded message signed with the same munge credential as is configured for the target platform on the imagegw server system. For basic requests, it may be sufficient to simply munge encode an empty message (e.g., “”).

The image gateway may, from time to time perform privileged operations as a result of the API calls (e.g., pull a privileged image from DockerHub). In that case the originating request must include a more extensive “authentication” header which includes the munge encrypted credentials (username and password) for the target platform (at least).

Format of the “authentication” HTTP header

  • _Non-privileged requests:_ munge encoded empty string
  • _Privileged requests:_ munge encoded JSON document including one or more credentials for the remote image resources

JSON document format:

    "authorized_locations": {

Specifications for authorized locations

The credentials provided to the image gateway are for the remote locations. The identifier in the “authorized_locations” hash must match the locations in the image_manager.json configuration. The only exception to this is that it may be difficult for the client to determine which location a particular request may be routed to, owing to that, and the fact that the client can not know what the “default” remote location for the image manager is, a special “default” location may be specified which the image manager can use for interacting with the default location (if the default loation is selected) so long as a credential for a more specific name for the default loation is not provided.

e.g., if the “default” location for the imagegw is, and a credential is provided by the client for “”, then that credential must be used by the imagegw when interacting with; if, however, only a “default” credential is provided, and “” happens to be the default location, then the “default” credential may be used when interacting with

The client may provide just the needed credential or many different credentials and the image manager is responsible to parse the data structure and determine which credential is most appropriate given the request. This is allowed because it may be challenging for the client to determine which location will be selected by the imagegw, since the configuration of the imagegw may not be accessible by the client.