Restrict SSH connections to virtual machine instances with Identity-Aware Proxy
Contributed by Google employees.
Learn how to connect from a browser or the Google SDK to a virtual machine (VM) instance without using an external IP address, a bastion host, or network address translation (NAT).
Creating a virtual machine instance and connecting to it through SSH is a straightforward process in Google Cloud. However, one thing that can make such
connections less secure is to use a firewall configuration that leaves the SSH port publicly exposed. If you manage your instances using SSH through the
Google Cloud Console or
gcloud commands, you can create a firewall rule that allows access only from Google Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) IP address ranges.
Connect to the VM instance using the SSH button in the Cloud Console.
Find the SSH client IP address connected to the instance:
env | grep SSH_CLIENT
The client IP address in the SSH connection will be part of the range
126.96.36.199/20. This range is the pool of IP addresses used by IAP to proxy the connection from your browser to your instance. So, you can create a more restrictive VPC firewall rule allowing SSH connections only from this IP address range. As a result, only users allowed by IAP will be able to connect to VM using SSH.
If you are using the default VPC network, remove the firewall rule
default-allow-ssh, and create a new restrictive SSH firewall rule with the settings shown in the following image: