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Role Member Auto Expiry and Notification Support

When adding principals to a role, the domain administrator can specify an optional expiry date for the principal. Athenz also provides the capability to automatically assign an expiry date for any principal for a configured role or all roles if the expiry day is configured at the domain level.

There are separate limits for user and service principals. The administrator may decide to configure a limit only for user members but not for service principals to avoid any possible service outages when they fail to review and extend service principals' memberships.

Athenz can send email notifications to all principals and the domain administrators when access is about to expire. See the Email Notifications section to enable notifications.

Role Level Expiry Support

The domain administrator may specify a maximum expiry day setting for a specific role:

zms-cli -d <domain-name> set-role-member-expiry-days <role-name> <user-member-expiry-days>
zms-cli -d <domain-name> set-role-service-expiry-days <role-name> <service-member-expiry-days>

If the domain administrator has specified a user max expiry days of 30 to db_reader_access role, then all user members will automatically have an expiration value of 30 days from the current time. If the domain administrator has specified a value longer than 30 days or no expiry, then it will be reduced to 30 days from the current time. However, if the domain administrator specified expiration of fewer than 30 days (e.g. 7 days), then it will be honored and not extended to 30 days.

If the domain administrator specifies a shorter limit on an already configured role, for example reducing from 30 to 15 days, then the server will iterate through all members and reduce the expiration to 15 days from the current time based on the configured limit (either user or service principals depending on the setting being changed). Again, if the current expiry is already less than 15 days, the expiration value will not be changed. However, if the domain administrator extends the configuration setting from 30 to 60 days, then no changes will be made to existing users - they will not be automatically extended. All new members will be enforced with a 60 day expiry period, but old members will continue to have their original 30-day expiration values until those values are extended.

If the domain administrator specifies an expiration at both role and domain levels, then the role level always overrides the domain setting for the role - regardless if it's shorter or longer than the domain configured value.

You can look at the currently configured value for a specific role using zms-cli -d <domain-name> show-role <role-name> command.

Domain Level Expiry Support

The domain administrator may specify maximum expiry day setting for the full domain:

zms-cli -d <domain-name> set-domain-member-expiry-days <user-member-expiry-days>
zms-cli -d <domain-name> set-domain-service-expiry-days <service-member-expiry-days>

If the domain administrator has specified a max expiry days of 90 to sports domain, then all members in all roles in that domain will automatically have an expiration value of 30 days from the current time. Check the section above to understand how the server automatically assigns an expiration date to all role members.

You can look at the currently configured value for a specific domain using zms-cli -d <domain-name> show-domain command.

Important

When setting an expiry days at a domain level, the limit is also imposed on all domain administrators in the admin role. Thus, the domain administrator must be careful to extend their expiry days before they lose access to the domain.

Email Notifications

Athenz automatically monitors all role members and notifies both principals and domain administrators when access to a role is about to expire and can send email notifications.

There are 2 types of email notifications you might get. The email notifications are sent when the expiry is 1, 7, 14, 21, and 28 days away.

Role Member Expiration

The principal (if human) or the principal's domain administrators (if service) will get a notification when the principal's access in a role is about to expiry. The email notification will include the domain and role name that the principal is a member of. The principal must contact the administrators of that role/domain to request their access to be extended.

Domain Administrator Notification

The domain administrators will receive a single email notification listing all the members that are about to expire in their domain. It is their responsibility to access their domain in Athenz UI and extend those member's expiration, if necessary.