Ensure that encryption providers are appropriately configured (API Server)

Where etcd encryption is used, appropriate providers should be configured..

Risk Level: High
Cloud Entity: Pods
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.K8S.IAM.84
Covered by Spectral: No
Category: Compute


KubernetesPod where labels contain [value='kube-apiserver'] and namespace = 'kube-system' should have spec.containers with [parsedArgs contain [key like 'encryption-provider-config' ]]


Follow the Kubernetes documentation and configure a EncryptionConfig file. In this file,
choose aescbc, kms or secretbox as the encryption provider.


  1. https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/administer-cluster/encrypt-data/
  2. https://acotten.com/post/kube17-security
  3. https://kubernetes.io/docs/admin/kube-apiserver/
  4. https://github.com/kubernetes/features/issues/92
  5. https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/administer-cluster/encrypt-data/#providers


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 v1.24
  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.5.1
  • CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.6.1