Additional permissions and access methods

The following section details additional ways that you can restrict or allow user access to resources on your project. The sections below do not directly make use of the roles we have discussed so far and instead focus on permissions that are given to the user by some other means.

We have split these sections into Permissions which talks about certain cases where users are given more control over objects than others and Methods of access which discusses ways you can allow others to access resources from the cloud when normally they would have inadequate privileges.


When creating certain objects on the cloud, there are unique commands that are only available to the individual who initially created the object. This is because when that user created the object they were given ownership permissions of the object. The most common example of this is when creating a kubernetes cluster. If you are the person who created the cluster then you are known as the cluster administrator and you will have access to a wider range of commands. While there is a role required for interacting with kubernetes clusters (detailed in the kubernetes section of the documents) only the cluster administrator has the ability to interact directly with certain nodes of the cluster, and to dictate behaviour for the master nodes.

A similar behaviour is observed when creating a cluster using your SSH key. When creating a compute instance, you supply one SSH key and the only user who is able to access that instance will be the person with the matching private key. You can change this behaviour by creating additional users on the instance itself, either after logging in to the instance yourself or in a cloud config file; you then create your new users and provide a public ssh key for each.

Methods of access

The following are alternative ways in which you can give individuals access to different objects or resources on your project, without using a pre-defined role.

Object storage

For object storage, you can make use of container access control lists (ACLs) to allow users who have the “auth_only” role to be able to view or edit the contents of your object storage containers. You can find the full list of permissions and restrictions you can set on your containers in the openstack swift documentation

In addition to using ACLs to restrict or permit access to your object storage containers, you also have the option of making your containers public or giving them temporary URLs to allow access for a limited time. The processes for these can be found in the object storage section of this documentation.

Instances and clusters

Another method of access control, that affects instances and clusters, is security groups. These are used to define what traffic is able to pass into or out of your instances. The full description of security groups and how they function can be found in the network section of the documentation.