Protect gitlab-ci.yml from changing by developers
.gitlab-ci.yml may contain rules to deploy application to production server and (ususally) runs automaticaly after push. It's not always wanted that any developer could change this.
By implementing #14376 (closed), we make it so that the
.gitlab-ci.yml can be pointed to in a different repo. In this way, the configuration can reference a file in another project with a completely different set of permissions. The file should be publicly accessible, but can be editable only by users in the other project.
This issue then becomes a documentation issue, describing how to solve this problem using the solution provided in #14376 (closed).
Originally we discussed using the code owners feature, by using the "Require code owner approval" toggle available in gitlab-ce~2278657. The idea was that as long as the
CODEOWNERS file itself is locked down with a code owner and the
Require code owner approval is checked then this is can already be accomplished.
We realized, though, that
CODEOWNERS is not sufficient as-is today to solve this problem because users can still push changes to
.gitlab-ci.yml and have pipelines for merge request to run with the changed
.gitlab-ci.yml. What would needed is to block changes from reaching the remote branch or at least to drop a pipeline immediately if unauthorized changes are made to a
Given this, the new proposal is simpler and as effective in achieving the same thing.