Securely Authorize Galaxy to Access Protected Data on Cloud
On this page we explain a method that enables a user to securely authorize Galaxy to access their privately hosted data on cloud. This method uses industry standards for user identification and their accesss control: OpenID Connect protocol and role-based access control model. Accordingly, this method has the following advantages:
- Users do NOT need to share their credentials with Galaxy;
- User's identity and granted previliges (theoretically) cannot be impersonated or hijacked;
- Galaxy accesses protected data on cloud assuming a role, which is defined by the user and has independent privileges;
- Galaxy's access can be audited, restricted, elevate, and revoked by the user at anytime, independent from any other service and the user themself.
To provide readers with a gist of this method, we have prepared a demo with all the pre-bake settings and configurations, which is discussed on this page.
To use this method a user needs to take the following steps:
- Login to Galaxy using Google account (or any other supported OIDC-based identity provider). Read this page for details;
Setup a provider-specific cloud authorization in Galaxy:
- Jalili, Vahid, et al. "Cloud bursting galaxy: federated identity and access management." Bioinformatics 36.1 (2020): 1-9.