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Use case: We want to control the kafka broker, producer and consumer policies using Ranger without having kerberos. "What is a recommended way to set-up policies when trying to control access to Kafka over a non-secure channel?"

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I have defined 3 policies as shown below:

Broker, Publisher and Consumer is controlled at IP level. With one click you can revoke the access from the consumer.

Demo commands

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Hi Neeraj

I am trying to do exactly the same thing, ie using ranger with a non kerberized Kafka. Unfortunately I have following error :

[root@mykafka kafka]# tail -f kafka.out
[2016-06-15 15:45:34,002] WARN got exception trying to get groups for user ANONYMOUS: id: ANONYMOUS: no such user (
[2016-06-15 15:45:34,002] WARN No groups available for user ANONYMOUS (

The public group should be mapped to an ANONYMOUS user.

Did you do something special to declare it manually within ranger ? Can you share the list of declared users within ranger ?

Thx in advance. Regards

Hum... It seems that I have to use the new publisher and consumer API, and not the old one. Now it works but I still have warnings in kafka.out... With 6 lines of warning every second, I will quickly have a problem.


Hi Neeraj,

I'm experiencing the same issue as "easyoups". Do you have work around?


I had the same Exception.

I solved the problem by creating the User ANONYMOUS on the kafka broker nodes.


Hi Neeraj,Can you tell me your ranger and kafka version ?Thank you

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@Neeraj Sabharwal

- i'm having issues in getting this to work,

attaching the link with the problem summary.

could you help resolve this issue ? Thnx.


Hi, does it mean that ranger kafka plugin can not define policy among users, and only among hosts?

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