C-0172 - Ensure that the --anonymous-auth argument is set to false


Run Kubescape with host sensor (see here)


cis-eks-t1.2.0, cis-aks-t1.2.0, cis-v1.23-t1.0.1



Description of the the issue

When enabled, requests that are not rejected by other configured authentication methods are treated as anonymous requests. These requests are then served by the Kubelet server. You should rely on authentication to authorize access and disallow anonymous requests.

Related resources

What does this control test

Disable anonymous requests to the Kubelet server.

How to check it manually

If using a Kubelet configuration file, check that there is an entry for authentication: anonymous: enabled set to false.

Run the following command on each node:

ps -ef | grep kubelet

Verify that the --anonymous-auth argument is set to false.

This executable argument may be omitted, provided there is a corresponding entry set to false in the Kubelet config file.


If using a Kubelet config file, edit the file to set authentication: anonymous: enabled to false.

If using executable arguments, edit the kubelet service file /etc/kubernetes/kubelet.conf on each worker node and set the below parameter in KUBELET_SYSTEM_PODS_ARGS variable.


Based on your system, restart the kubelet service. For example:

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart kubelet.service

Impact Statement

Anonymous requests will be rejected.

Default Value

By default, anonymous access is enabled.


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