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AWS named profile for chaos

This section describes how different users are managed to perform AWS API calls.

An AWS profile is used to manage different users (settings and credentials) to perform the AWS API operations. HCE supports the AWS profile feature which enables you to run AWS faults with the desired named profile. This feature comes into play when you want to run multiple faults with different profiles or categorize the credentials for fault based on the environment or team or blast radius control.

You can store multiple named profiles in the AWS credentials files as shown below. You can specify one default profile, that is, used when no profile is explicitly referenced.



To prepare multiple profiles for HCE ,follow the below mentioned steps:

1. Prepare Kubernetes secret

  • To get authenticated with AWS cloud you can use the Kubernetes secret with AWS credentials. Here is a sample Kubernetes secret with multiple named profiles.


apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
name: cloud-secret
namespace: <CHAOS-NAMESPACE>
type: Opaque
cloud_config.yml: |-
aws_access_key_id = AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
aws_secret_access_key = wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

aws_access_key_id = AKERI44QH8DHBEXAMPLE
aws_secret_access_key = je7MtGbClwBF/2Zp9Utk/h3yCo8nvbEXAMPLEKEY

aws_access_key_id = AKERSD4QH8DHBEXAMMAN
aws_secret_access_key = kemSdGbClwBF/westrwk/h3yCo8nvbEXAMPLEKEY
  • Replace the <CHAOS-NAMESPACE> with the namespace where you have installed the chaos infrastructure, also provide your named profiles (here it is default, dev, and qa) with the appropriate credentials.

  • Create the secret using kubectl apply -f secret.yaml

  • It is recommended to use the secret name the same as cloud-secret, if you want to use a custom name then you would need to update the experiment manifest and you may need to use your own default healthcheck probes.

2. Provide AWS profile in the experiment

  • Once you have created the secret and are ready to launch your AWS fault, you need to add a custom env AWS_PROFILE in the fault with a value containing the profile name you want to use for that particular fault, for example, if I want to execute the fault with dev profile I need to set up the AWS_PROFILE env to dev. By default, the default profile will be used to run the faults.