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Configuring OpenID Connect in Azure

Use OpenID Connect within your workflows to authenticate with Azure.

Overview

OpenID Connect (OIDC) allows your GitHub Actions workflows to access resources in Azure, without needing to store the Azure credentials as long-lived GitHub secrets.

This guide gives an overview of how to configure Azure to trust GitHub's OIDC as a federated identity, and includes a workflow example for the azure/login action that uses tokens to authenticate to Azure and access resources.

Prerequisites

  • Para aprender los conceptos básicos de cómo GitHub utiliza OpenID Connect (OIDC) y su arquitectura y beneficios, consulta la sección "Acerca del fortalecimiento de seguridad con OpenID Connect".

  • Antes de proceder, debes planear tu estrategia de seguridad para garantizar que los tokens de acceso solo se asignen de forma predecible. Para controlar la forma en la que tu proveedor de servicios en la nube emite tokens de acceso, debes define por lo menos una condición para que los repositorios no confiables no puedan solicitar tokens de acceso para tus recursos en la nube. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Configurar la relación de confianza de OIDC con la nube".

Adding the Federated Credentials to Azure

GitHub's OIDC provider works with Azure's workload identity federation. For an overview, see Microsoft's documentation at "Workload identity federation."

To configure the OIDC identity provider in Azure, you will need to perform the following configuration. For instructions on making these changes, refer to the Azure documentation.

  1. Create an Azure Active Directory application and a service principal.
  2. Add federated credentials for the Azure Active Directory application.
  3. Create GitHub secrets for storing Azure configuration.

Additional guidance for configuring the identity provider:

Updating your GitHub Actions workflow

To update your workflows for OIDC, you will need to make two changes to your YAML:

  1. Add permissions settings for the token.
  2. Use the azure/login action to exchange the OIDC token (JWT) for a cloud access token.

Adding permissions settings

 The job or workflow run requires a permissions setting with id-token: write. You won't be able to request the OIDC JWT ID token if the permissions setting for id-token is set to read or none.

The id-token: write setting allows the JWT to be requested from GitHub's OIDC provider using one of these approaches:

  • Using environment variables on the runner (ACTIONS_ID_TOKEN_REQUEST_URL and ACTIONS_ID_TOKEN_REQUEST_TOKEN).
  • Using getIDToken() from the Actions toolkit.

Si solo necesitas recuperar un token de OIDC para un solo job, entonces este permiso puede configurarse dentro de dicho job. Por ejemplo:

YAML
permissions:
  id-token: write

Puede que necesites especificar permisos adicionales aquí, dependiendo de los requisitos de tu flujo de trabajo.

Requesting the access token

The azure/login action receives a JWT from the GitHub OIDC provider, and then requests an access token from Azure. For more information, see the azure/login documentation.

The following example exchanges an OIDC ID token with Azure to receive an access token, which can then be used to access cloud resources.

YAML
name: Run Azure Login with OIDC
on: [push]

permissions:
      id-token: write
      contents: read
jobs: 
  build-and-deploy:
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    steps:
      - name: 'Az CLI login'
        uses: azure/login@v1
        with:
          client-id: ${{ secrets.AZURE_CLIENT_ID }}
          tenant-id: ${{ secrets.AZURE_TENANT_ID }}
          subscription-id: ${{ secrets.AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID }}
  
      - name: 'Run az commands'
        run: |
          az account show
          az group list