restrictions (FREE SELF)

You can use Sign-in restrictions to customize authentication restrictions for web interfaces as well as Git over HTTP(S).


To access sign-in restriction settings:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > General.
  3. Expand the Sign-in restrictions section.

Password authentication enabled

You can restrict the password authentication for web interface and Git over HTTP(S):

In the event of an external authentication provider outage, use the GitLab Rails console to re-enable the standard web sign-in form. This configuration can also be changed over the Application settings REST API while authenticating with an administrator account's personal access token.

Admin Mode

Introduced in GitLab 13.10.

If you are an administrator, you might want to work in GitLab without the access that comes from being an administrator. While you could create a separate user account that doesn't have administrator access, a more secure solution is to use Admin Mode.

With Admin Mode, your account does not have administrative access by default. You can continue to access groups and projects you are a member of, but to access administrative functionality, you must authenticate.

When Admin Mode is enabled, it applies to all administrators on the instance.

When Admin Mode is enabled for an instance, administrators:

  • Are allowed to access group and projects for which they are members.
  • Cannot access the Admin Area.

Enable Admin Mode for your instance

Administrators can enable Admin Mode though the API, the Rails console, or the UI.

Use the API to enable Admin Mode

Make the following request to your instance endpoint:

curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN:$ADMIN_TOKEN" "<>/api/v4/application/settings?admin_mode=true"

Replace <> with your instance URL.

For more information, see the list of settings that can be accessed through API calls.

Use the Rails console to enable Admin Mode

Open the Rails console and run the following:

::Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(admin_mode: true)

Use the UI to enable Admin Mode

To enable Admin Mode through the UI:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > General.
  3. Expand Sign-in restrictions.
  4. In the Admin Mode section, select the Require additional authentication for administrative tasks checkbox.

Turn on Admin Mode for your session

To turn on Admin Mode for your current session and access potentially dangerous resources:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Enter Admin Mode.
  2. Try to access any part of the UI with /admin in the URL (which requires administrator access).

When Admin Mode status is disabled or turned off, administrators cannot access resources unless they've been explicitly granted access. For example, administrators get a 404 error if they try to open a private group or project, unless they are members of that group or project.

2FA should be enabled for administrators. 2FA, OmniAuth providers, and LDAP authentication are supported by Admin Mode. Admin Mode status is stored in the current user session and remains active until either:

  • It is explicitly disabled.
  • It is disabled automatically after six hours.

Turn off Admin Mode for your session

To turn off Admin Mode for your current session, on the top bar, select Main menu > Leave Admin mode.

Limitations of Admin Mode

The following access methods are not protected by Admin Mode:

  • Git client access (SSH using public keys or HTTPS using Personal Access Tokens).
  • API access using a Personal Access Token.

In other words, administrators who are otherwise limited by Admin Mode can still use Git clients, and access RESTful API endpoints as administrators, without additional authentication steps.

We may address these limitations in the future. For more information see the following epic: Admin Mode for GitLab Administrators.

Also, when GitLab Geo is enabled, you can't view the replication status of projects and designs while on a secondary node. A fix is proposed when projects (issue 367926) and designs (issue 355660) move to the new Geo framework.

Troubleshooting Admin Mode

If necessary, you can disable Admin Mode as an administrator by using one of these two methods:

  • API:

    curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN:$ADMIN_TOKEN" "<gitlab-url>/api/v4/application/settings?admin_mode=false"
  • Rails console:

    ::Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(admin_mode: false)

Two-factor authentication

When this feature is enabled, all users must use the two-factor authentication.

After the two-factor authentication is configured as mandatory, users are allowed to skip forced configuration of two-factor authentication for the configurable grace period in hours.

Two-factor grace period

Email notification for unknown sign-ins

Introduced in GitLab 13.2.

When enabled, GitLab notifies users of sign-ins from unknown IP addresses or devices. For more information, see Email notification for unknown sign-ins.

Email notification for unknown sign-ins

information

All users that are not logged in are redirected to the page represented by the configured Home page URL if value is not empty.

All users are redirected to the page represented by the configured After sign-out path after sign out if value is not empty.

In the Sign-in restrictions section, scroll to the Sign-in text field. You can add a custom message for your users in Markdown format.

For example, if you include the following information in the noted text box:

# Custom sign-in text

To access this text box:

1. On the top bar, select **Main menu > Admin**.
1. On the left sidebar, select **Settings > General**, and expand the **Sign-in restrictions** section.

Your users see the Custom sign-in text when they navigate to the sign-in screen for your GitLab instance.


Re-enable standard web sign-in form in rails console

Re-enable the standard username and password-based sign-in form if it was disabled as a Sign-in restriction.

You can use this method through the rails console when a configured external authentication provider (through SSO or an LDAP configuration) is facing an outage and direct sign-in access to GitLab is required.

Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(password_authentication_enabled_for_web: true)