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Over the last few months, we’ve made it easier for large organizations to improve the consistency and security of their CI/CD workflows using GitHub Actions. For example, you can create reusable workflows, share actions and reusable workflows within your enterprise, or secure your deployments with OpenID Connect. Today, we’re taking things a step further.
We’re excited to announce an enhancement to the self-hosted runners experience that improves the security of your CI/CD workflows. Many organizations today have secrets stored on their self-hosted runners in order to enable production deployments or other highly-privileged workflows. Previously, any workflow in the repository, such as an issue labeller, could access these runners, but that’s no longer the case. Now, admins can pick which specific workflows can access a runner group. This is a great way to secure your deployments if you aren’t ready to adopt OpenID Connect.
When combined with reusable workflows, this feature enables admins to enforce consistent usage of runner groups and workflows across their organization. For example, you can have a runner group with production secrets on it and require that everyone use it via a reusable deployment workflow. Other workflows in the organization can’t access these runners unless they also use the reusable deployment workflow. This allows you to standardize your deployment workflows, including the runners they use, for your entire organization.
Here’s how to set this up:
Once these settings are saved, everyone in your organization will be able to use the production runner group, but only when executing the monalisa/automation/workflows/deployment.yaml reusable workflow at ref v1.