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October 29, 2013
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Apache Knox Gateway 0.3.0: Another release of perimeter security for Hadoop

The Apache Knox community announced the release of the Apache Knox Gateway (Incubator) 0.3.0. We, at Hortonworks, are excited about this announcement.

The Apache Knox Gateway is a REST API Gateway for Hadoop with a focus on enterprise security integration.  It provides a simple and extensible model for securing access to Hadoop core and ecosystem REST APIs.

Apache Knox provides pluggable authentication to LDAP and trusted identity providers as well as service level authorization and more.  The diagram below shows how Apache Knox fits in a Hadoop cluster deployment.


The functionality in this release makes Apache Knox Gateway an ideal perimeter security solution for your Hadoop REST API access.

As mentioned on the Apache Knox news page, the highlights for the 0.3.0 release are:

  • LDAP authentication for REST calls to Hadoop
  • Secure Hadoop cluster (i.e. Kerberos) integration
  • HBase integration (non-Kerberos)
  • Hive JDBC integration (non-Kerberos)
  • Simple ACL based Service Level Authorization

Please visit Apache Knox project website to learn more about the Apache Knox Gateway and to download it. See the quick start guide to start playing with Apache Knox in a sandbox.

Stay tuned for upcoming tutorials on Apache Knox and more briefings on security.


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