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The Kubernetes Kubelet must have the read-only port flag disabled.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-242387 CNTR-K8-000330 SV-242387r863963_rule High
Kubelet serves a small REST API with read access to port 10255. The read-only port for Kubernetes provides no authentication or authorization security control. Providing unrestricted access on port 10255 exposes Kubernetes pods and containers to malicious attacks or compromise. Port 10255 is deprecated and should be disabled. Close the read-only-port by setting the API server's read-only port flag to "0".
Kubernetes Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-02


Check Text ( C-45662r863764_chk )
Run the following command on each Worker Node:
ps -ef | grep kubelet

Verify that the --read-only-port argument exists and is set to "0".

If the --read-only-port argument exists and is not set to "0", this is a finding.

If the --read-only-port argument does not exist, check the Control Plane Kubelet config file:
On the Kubernetes Control Plane, run the command:
ps -ef | grep kubelet
Check the config file (path identified by: --config).

Verify there is a readOnlyPort entry in the config file and it is set to "0".

If the readOnlyPort argument exists and is not set to "0" this is a finding.

If "--read-only-port=0" argument does not exist on the worker nodes and "readOnlyPort=0" does not exist on the Control Plane, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-45620r863765_fix)
Edit the Kubernetes Kubelet file in the --config directory on the Kubernetes Control Plane:
Set "readOnlyPort=0"

If using worker node arguments, edit the kubelet service file (identified in the --config directory):
On each Worker Node:
set the parameter in KUBELET_SYSTEM_PODS_ARGS variable to

Reset Kubelet service using the following command:
service kubelet restart