Ensure Kubernetes API servers are not publicly accessible

Security & Compliance

Kubernetes API servers should not be publicly accessible to avoid unauthorized access and potential security breaches. Public access to Kubernetes API servers can allow attackers to modify the state of Kubernetes resources and even gain access to the underlying infrastructure.


To ensure that Kubernetes API servers are not publicly accessible, you can take the following remediation steps:

  1. Use a private network or virtual private cloud (VPC) to isolate the Kubernetes API server from the public internet.
  2. Use a load balancer or reverse proxy with authentication and authorization to control access to the Kubernetes API server.
  3. Enable Kubernetes Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to restrict access to the Kubernetes API server based on user or group permissions.
  4. Use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt communication between the Kubernetes API server and clients.
  5. Use network security groups or firewalls to restrict inbound and outbound traffic to and from the Kubernetes API server.
  6. Regularly monitor access logs and audit logs to detect any unauthorized access attempts or suspicious activity.

By implementing these remediation steps, you can ensure that your Kubernetes API servers are not publicly accessible, and that your Kubernetes cluster is secure from potential security breaches.

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Note: Remediation steps provided by Lightlytics are meant to be suggestions and guidelines only. It is crucial to thoroughly verify and test any remediation steps before applying them to production environments. Each organization's infrastructure and security needs may differ, and blindly applying suggested remediation steps without proper testing could potentially cause unforeseen issues or vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you validate and customize any remediation steps to meet your organization's specific requirements and ensure that they align with your security policies and best practices.