Ensure Master authorized networks are set to Enabled on Kubernetes Engine Clusters

Authorized networks are a way of specifying a restricted range of IP addresses that are permitted to access your container cluster's Kubernetes master endpoint. Kubernetes Engine uses both Transport Layer Security (TLS) and authentication to provide secure access to your container cluster's Kubernetes master endpoint from the public internet. This provides you the flexibility to administer your cluster from anywhere; however, you might want to further restrict access to a set of IP addresses that you control. You can set this restriction by specifying an authorized network.

Risk Level: Medium
Cloud Entity: Kubernetes Cluster
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.GCP.NET.10
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Compute


GkeCluster should have masterAuthorizedNetworksConfig.enabled=true


From Portal

  1. Go to Kubernetes GCP Console by visiting https://console.cloud.google.com/kubernetes/list?
  2. Click the name of the cluster you want to modify.
  3. Under Networking, in the Control plane authorized networks field, click Edit control plane authorized networks.
  4. Select the Enable control plane authorized networks checkbox.
  5. Click Add authorized network.
  6. Enter a Name for the network.
  7. For Network, enter a CIDR range that you want to grant access to your cluster control plane.
  8. Click Done. Add additional authorized networks as needed.
  9. Click Save Changes.

From TF
Under 'master_authorized_networks_config' set the 'enabled' argument to 'true':

resource "google_container_cluster" "primary" {
	"masterAuthorizedNetworksConfig": {
		"enabled": true,
		"cidrBlocks": [

From Command Line

gcloud container clusters update CLUSTER_NAME --enable-master-authorized-networks --master-authorized-networks CIDR1,CIDR2,...


  1. https://registry.terraform.io/providers/hashicorp/google/latest/docs/resources/container_cluster
  2. https://cloud.google.com/kubernetes-engine/docs/how-to/authorized-networks#console
  3. https://cloud.google.com/kubernetes-engine/docs/how-to/authorized-networks#gcloud_1

Kubernetes Cluster

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Compliance Frameworks

  • CloudGuard GCP All Rules Ruleset
  • GCP CIS Foundations v. 1.0.0
  • GCP CloudGuard Best Practices
  • GCP CloudGuard CheckUp
  • GCP NIST 800-53 Rev 5