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The openstack-ansible security role applies security hardening configurations from the Security Technical Implementation Guide(STIG) to systems running Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

The role is part of the OpenStack-Ansible project, which deploys enterprise-grade OpenStack clouds using Ansible. However, the role can easily be used outside of an OpenStack environment to secure hosts, virtual machines, and containers.

For more details, review the openstack-ansible-security documentation.


This role can be used with or without the OpenStack-Ansible role. It requires Ansible 1.9.1 or later.

Role Variables

All of the variables for this role are in defaults/main.yml.


This role has no dependencies.

Example Playbook

Using the role is fairly straightforward:

- hosts: servers
     - openstack-ansible-security

Running with Vagrant

This role can be tested easily on multiple platforms using Vagrant.

The Vagrantfile supports testing on:

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • CentOS 7

To test on all platforms:

vagrant destroy --force && vagrant up

To test on Ubuntu 14.04 only:

vagrant destroy ubuntu1404 --force && vagrant up ubuntu1404

To test on Ubuntu 16.04 only:

vagrant destroy ubuntu1604 --force && vagrant up ubuntu1604

To test on CentOS 7 only:

vagrant destroy centos7 --force && vagrant up centos7


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Author Information

For more information, join #openstack-ansible on Freenode.