Health notifications

Last updated 25th May 2021


Web PaaS can notify you when various events happen on your project, in any environment. At this time the only notification provided is a low disk space warning, but others may be added in the future.

Remember that you must have admin access to a project in order to add or modify an integration. Be aware that sync uses the backup mechanism and will have the same caveats.

Available notifications

Low-disk warning

Web PaaS monitors disk space usage on all applications and services in your cluster.

  • If and when available disk space drops below 20%, a warning notification is generated.
  • If and when available disk space drops below 10%, a critical notification is generated.
  • If and when available disk space goes back above 20% after previously having been lower, an all-clear notification is generated.

Notifications are generated every 5 minutes, so there may be a brief delay between when the threshold is crossed and when the notification is triggered.

Configuring notifications

Health notifications can be set up via the Web PaaS CLI, through a number of different channels.

Slack notifications

A notification can trigger a message to be sent to a Slack bot. First, create a new custom "bot user" for your Slack group and configure the channels you wish it to live in. Note the API token is the "Bot User OAuth Access Token" provided by Slack.

Then register that Slack bot with Web PaaS using a health.slack integration:

webpaas integration:add --type health.slack --token YOUR_API_TOKEN --channel '#channelname'

That will trigger the corresponding bot to post a notification to the #channelname channel in your Slack group.

PagerDuty notifications

A notification can trigger a message to be sent via PagerDuty, if you are using that service. First, create a new PagerDuty "integration" that uses the Events API v2. Copy the "Integration Key" as known as the "routing key" for the integration.

Now register a health.pagerduty integration as follows:

webpaas integration:add --type health.pagerduty --routing-key YOUR_ROUTING_KEY

Any notification will now trigger an alert in PagerDuty.

Webhooks notifications

A notification can trigger a message to be sent to a web endpoint.

To do so, register a health.webhook integration as follows:

webpaas integration:add --type health.webhook --url=A-URL-THAT-CAN-RECEIVE-THE-POSTED-JSON

Any notification will now be posted to the health.webhook URL.

In order to let you verify that requests are coming from the integration, you can use the optional shared-key parameter which will add a X-JWS-Signature request header containing the JSON Web Token Signature in JWS Compact Serialization with Unencoded Detached Payload (RFC7797).

webpaas integration:add --type health.webhook --url=A-URL-THAT-CAN-RECEIVE-THE-POSTED-JSON --shared-key JWS-SYMMETRIC-KEY

The signature is calculated using the given shared-key and the fixed header:


A simplified example payload with the corresponding signature might look like the following snippet:

POST /health/notifications HTTP/1.0
Content-Length: 1495
Content-Type: application/json
X-JWS-Signature: eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsImI2NCI6ZmFsc2UsImNyaXQiOlsiYjY0Il19..fYW9qrjShmEArV17Z1kH6yudoXzpBE3PzJXq_OqrIfM

{...request body...}

Signature verification is a simple 2 step process:

# 1. Compute JWS Compact Serialization with Unencoded Detached Payload

from jwcrypto import jws, jwk

rfc7797_u_header = '{"alg":"HS256","b64":false,"crit":["b64"]}'
json_web_key = jwk.JWK(kty="oct", k="JWS-SYMMETRIC-KEY")

sig = jws.JWS(request.body())
sig.add_signature(json_web_key, protected=rfc7797_u_header)

# 2. Verify the signature

assert sig.serialize(compact=True) == request.headers["X-JWS-Signature"]

Please refer to the JOSE Cookbook for examples about protecting content using JavaScript Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE).

Validate the integration

You can then verify that your integration is functioning properly using the CLI command

$ webpaas integration:validate

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