Create the Amazon EMR security configuration for LDAP integration - Amazon EMR
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Create the Amazon EMR security configuration for LDAP integration

Before you can launch an EMR cluster with LDAP integration, use the steps in Create a security configuration to create an Amazon EMR security configuration for the cluster. Complete the following configurations in the LDAPConfiguration block under AuthenticationConfiguration, or the in corresponding fields in the Amazon EMR console Security Configurations section:


Console option: Authentication protocol: LDAP

To use the LDAP integration, set this option to true or select it as your authentication protocol when you create a cluster in the console. By default, EnableLDAPAuthentication is true when you create a security configuration in the Amazon EMR console.


Console option: LDAP server location

The location of the LDAP server including the prefix: ldaps://location_of_server.


Console option: LDAP SSL certificate

The Amazon Secrets Manager ARN that contains the certificate to sign the SSL certificate that the LDAP server uses. If your LDAP server is signed by a public Certificate Authority (CA), you can provide an Amazon Secrets Manager ARN with a blank file. For more information on how to store your certificate in Secrets Manager, see Store TLS certificates in Amazon Secrets Manager.


Console option: LDAP server bind credentials

An Amazon Secrets Manager ARN that contains the LDAP admin user bind credentials. The credentials are stored as a JSON object. There is only one key-value pair in this secret; the key in the pair is the username, and the value is the password. For example, {"uid=admin,cn=People,dc=example,dc=com": "AdminPassword1"}. This is an optional field unless you enable SSH login for your EMR cluster. In many configurations, Active Directory instances require bind credentials to allow SSSD to sync users.


Console option: LDAP access filter

Specifies the subset of objects within your LDAP server that can authenticate. For example, if all you want to grant access to all users with the posixAccount object class in your LDAP server, define the access filter as (objectClass=posixAccount).


Console option: LDAP user search base

The search base that your users belong under within your LDAP server. For example, cn=People,dc=example,dc=com.


Console option: LDAP group search base

The search base that your groups belong under within your LDAP server. For example, cn=Groups,dc=example,dc=com.


Console option: SSH login

Specifies whether or not to allow password authentication with LDAP credentials. We don't recommend that you enable this option. Key pairs are a more secure route to allow access into EMR clusters. This field is optional and defaults to false.


Console option: LDAP server type

Specifies the type of LDAP server that Amazon EMR connects to. Supported options are Active Directory and OpenLDAP. Other LDAP server types might work, but Amazon EMR doesn't officially support other server types. For more information, see LDAP components for Amazon EMR.


A required sub-block for security configurations that use the Active Directory server type.


Console option: Active Directory domain

The domain name used to create the User Principal Name (UPN) for user authentication with security configurations that use the Active Directory server type.

Considerations for security configurations with LDAP and Amazon EMR

  • To create a security configuration with Amazon EMR LDAP integration, you must use in-transit encryption. For information about in-transit encryption, see Encrypt data at rest and in transit.

  • You can't define Kerberos configuration in the same security configuration. Amazon EMR provisions a KDC thar is dedicated to the automatically, and manages the admin password for this KDC. Users can't access this admin password.

  • You can't define IAM runtime roles and Amazon Lake Formation in the same security configuration.

  • The LDAPServerURL must have the ldaps:// protocol in its value.

  • The LDAPAccessFilter can't be empty.

Use LDAP with the Apache Ranger integration for Amazon EMR

With the LDAP integration for Amazon EMR, you can further integrate with Apache Ranger. When you pull .your LDAP users into Ranger, you can then associate those users with an Apache Ranger policy server to integrate with Amazon EMR and other applications. To do this, define the RangerConfiguration field within AuthorizationConfiguration in the security configuration that you use with your LDAP cluster. For more information on how to set up the security configuration, see Create the EMR security configuration.

When you use LDAP with Amazon EMR, you don't need to provide a KerberosConfiguration with the Amazon EMR integration for Apache Ranger.