Ensure that the --kubelet-https argument is set to true

Use https for kubelet connections. Connections from apiserver to kubelets could potentially carry sensitive data such as secrets and keys. It is thus important to use in-transit encryption for any communication between the apiserver and kubelets.

Risk Level: High
Cloud Entity: Pods
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.K8S.IAM.78
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Compute


KubernetesPod where labels contain [value='kube-apiserver'] and namespace = 'kube-system' should have spec.containers with [(parsedArgs contain-none [key like 'kubelet-https' ]) or (parsedArgs contain [key like 'kubelet-https' and value like '%true%' ])]


Edit the API server pod specification file /etc/kubernetes/manifests/kube-
apiserver.yaml on the Control Plane node and remove the --kubelet-https parameter.


  1. https://kubernetes.io/docs/admin/kube-apiserver/
  2. https://kubernetes.io/docs/admin/kubelet-authentication-authorization/


Pods are the smallest deployable units of computing that can be created and managed in Kubernetes.A Pod is a group of one or more containers (such as Docker containers), with shared storage/network, and a specification for how to run the containers.

Compliance Frameworks

  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.20
  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.23
  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.5.1
  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.6.1