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bastion (15) Versions 0.2.0

Configures a node to be a bastion host

cookbook 'bastion', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'bastion', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install bastion
knife supermarket download bastion
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Bastion Cookbook

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A Chef cookbook for configuring a server to be used as a bastion host for remote access to and administration of an otherwise walled-off network.


This cookbook is written to hopefully work on, or be expandable to, other distros, but is currently only tested against Ubuntu Linux.

Some of the dependencies are pinned to older versions in order to maintain compatibility--for now--with Chef 11.


Override any included attributes as needed and add bastion to your run_list.



Refreshes the APT cache and configures the firewall and remote desktop (below).


If the firewall enabled attribute is set to true (the default), enables the system firewall and pokes holes in it for SSH (port 22) from an attribute-specified set of trusted networks.

If the firewall is not set to enabled, it disables it.


Installs X2go, Google Chrome, and Firefox.


Installs + enables + starts Auditd, using rules based on the base STIG ruleset.



default['bastion']['firewall']['enabled'] = true

Whether or not the system firewall should be enabled. This can be overridden to false if, for example, port access is instead being handled solely in your cloud provider's security configuration.

default['bastion']['firewall']['trusted_networks'] = %w(

The set of CIDR ranges to allow access from in the system firewall.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Add tests for the new feature; ensure they pass (rake)
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create a new Pull Request

License & Authors

Copyright 2015 Socrata, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

x2go-server ~> 0.1
firewall ~> 1.1.0
apt ~> 2.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Bastion Cookbook CHANGELOG

v0.2.0 (2015-09-25)

  • Install auditd and log all of the things

v0.1.0 (2015-09-16)

  • Initial release; Ubuntu only

v0.0.1 (2015-09-04)

  • Development started

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0.2.0 passed this metric