CIS-1.2.6 - Ensure that the API Server --authorization-mode argument is not set to AlwaysAllow

Ensure that the API Server --authorization-mode argument is not set to AlwaysAllow

Framework

CIS

Severity

High

Description of the the issue

The API Server, can be configured to allow all requests. This mode should not be used on any production cluster.

Related resources

Pod

What does this control test

Do not always authorize all requests.

How to check it manually

Run the following command on the Control Plane node:

ps -ef | grep kube-apiserver

Verify that the --authorization-mode argument exists and is not set to AlwaysAllow.

Remediation

Edit the API server pod specification file /etc/kubernetes/manifests/kube-apiserver.yaml on the Control Plane node and set the --authorization-mode parameter to values other than AlwaysAllow. One such example could be as below.

--authorization-mode=RBAC

Impact Statement

Only authorized requests will be served.

Default Value

By default, AlwaysAllow is not enabled.

Example

No example