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The Kubernetes API server must have the insecure bind address not set.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-242388 CNTR-K8-000340 SV-242388r863964_rule High
By default, the API server will listen on two ports and addresses. One address is the secure address and the other address is called the "insecure bind" address and is set by default to localhost. Any requests to this address bypass authentication and authorization checks. If this insecure bind address is set to localhost, anyone who gains access to the host on which the Control Plane is running can bypass all authorization and authentication mechanisms put in place and have full control over the entire cluster. Close or set the insecure bind address by setting the API server's --insecure-bind-address flag to an IP or leave it unset and ensure that the --insecure-bind-port is not set.
Kubernetes Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-02


Check Text ( C-45663r863767_chk )
Change to the /etc/kubernetes/manifests directory on the Kubernetes Control Plane. Run the command:

grep -i insecure-bind-address *

If the setting insecure-bind-address is found and set to "localhost" in the Kubernetes API manifest file, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-45621r863768_fix)
Edit the Kubernetes API Server manifest file in the /etc/kubernetes/manifests directory on the Kubernetes Control Plane. Remove the value for the --insecure-bind-address setting.