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Kubernetes Kubectl cp command must give expected access and results.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-242396 CNTR-K8-000430 SV-242396r863972_rule Medium
One of the tools heavily used to interact with containers in the Kubernetes cluster is kubectl. The command is the tool System Administrators used to create, modify, and delete resources. One of the capabilities of the tool is to copy files to and from running containers (i.e., kubectl cp). The command uses the "tar" command of the container to copy files from the container to the host executing the "kubectl cp" command. If the "tar" command on the container has been replaced by a malicious user, the command can copy files anywhere on the host machine. This flaw has been fixed in later versions of the tool. It is recommended to use kubectl versions newer than 1.12.9.
Kubernetes Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-09-13


Check Text ( C-45671r863788_chk )
From the Control Plane and each Worker node, check the version of kubectl by executing the command:

kubectl version --client

If the Control Plane or any Worker nodes are not using kubectl version 1.12.9 or newer, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-45629r863789_fix)
Upgrade the Control Plane and Worker nodes to the latest version of kubectl.