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Upgrading Wallarm Sidecar

These instructions describe the steps to upgrade Wallarm Sidecar 4.x to the new version with Wallarm node 4.8.

Requirements

  • Kubernetes platform version 1.19-1.29

  • Helm v3 package manager

  • An application deployed as a Pod in a Kubernetes cluster

  • Access to https://us1.api.wallarm.com for working with US Wallarm Cloud or to https://api.wallarm.com for working with EU Wallarm Cloud

  • Access to https://charts.wallarm.com to add the Wallarm Helm charts

  • Access to the Wallarm repositories on Docker Hub https://hub.docker.com/r/wallarm

  • Access to the specified IP addresses on Google Cloud Storage. This access is crucial for downloading updates to attack detection rules, and retrieving exact IPs of countries, regions, or data centers you have added to your allowlist, denylist, or graylist

  • Access to the account with the Administrator role in Wallarm Console for the US Cloud or the EU Cloud

Step 1: Update the Wallarm Helm chart repository

helm repo update wallarm

Step 2: Check out all coming K8s manifest changes

To avoid unexpectedly changed Sidecar behavior, check out all coming K8s manifest changes using Helm Diff Plugin. This plugin outputs the difference between the K8s manifests of the deployed Sidecar version and of the new one.

To install and run the plugin:

  1. Install the plugin:

    helm plugin install https://github.com/databus23/helm-diff
    
  2. Run the plugin:

    helm diff upgrade <RELEASE_NAME> -n <NAMESPACE> wallarm/wallarm-sidecar --version 4.10.6 -f <PATH_TO_VALUES>
    
    • <RELEASE_NAME>: the name of the Helm release with the Sidecar chart
    • <NAMESPACE>: the namespace the Sidecar is deployed to
    • <PATH_TO_VALUES>: the path to the values.yaml file defining the Sidecar 4.8 settings - you can use the one created for running the previous Sidecar version
  3. Make sure that no changes can affect the stability of the running services and carefully examine the errors from stdout.

    If stdout is empty, make sure that the values.yaml file is valid.

Step 3: Upgrade the Sidecar solution

Upgrade the deployed components of the Sidecar solution:

helm upgrade <RELEASE_NAME> -n <NAMESPACE> wallarm/wallarm-sidecar --version 4.10.6 -f <PATH_TO_VALUES>
  • <RELEASE_NAME>: the name of the Helm release with the deployed Sidecar chart

  • <NAMESPACE>: the namespace the Sidecar is deployed to

  • <PATH_TO_VALUES>: the path to the values.yaml file defining the Sidecar 4.8 settings - you can use the one created for running the previous Sidecar version

Step 4: Test the upgraded Sidecar solution

  1. Make sure the version of the Helm chart was upgraded:

    helm list -n wallarm-sidecar
    

    Where wallarm-sidecar is the namespace the Sidecar is deployed to. You can change this value if the namespace is different.

    The chart version should correspond to wallarm-sidecar-1.1.5.

  2. Get the Wallarm control plane details to check it has been successfully started:

    kubectl get pods -n wallarm-sidecar -l app.kubernetes.io/name=wallarm-sidecar
    

    Each pod should display the following: READY: N/N and STATUS: Running, e.g.:

    NAME                                              READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    wallarm-sidecar-controller-54cf88b989-gp2vg      1/1     Running   0          91m
    wallarm-sidecar-postanalytics-86d9d4b6cd-hpd5k   4/4     Running   0          91m
    
  3. Send the test Path Traversal attack to the application cluster address:

    curl http://<APPLICATION_CLUSTER_IP>/etc/passwd
    

    The requested application Pod should have the wallarm-sidecar: enabled label.

    Check that the solution of the newer version processes the malicious request as it did in the previous version.